Cedar Creek Wants to Keep Latin
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Cedar Creek has offered their students the choice to learn Latin since the opening of the school in 2010. The program has grown over the years, with apparently larger class sizes in just the past three years. However, the program is scheduled to be cut for the 2017/2018 school year. Many of the students are upset by this, especially those who just started taking the language, or who are on their second or third year and will now not be able to take it for all four years. Not only is this disrupting the students currently taking Latin, this cut is also removing an extremely useful and educational class. Students learn more about grammar in Latin than they do in their standard English classes. They decline nouns and learn about the different moods and voices of verbs, all of which are just the tip of the iceberg. Students are also taught about Romans and Greek gods, ancient Roman and Greek culture, and the fascinating myths the people believed. Most of the topics covered aren't even touched upon in typical history classes. Students also learn about scansion, the separation of lines of poems into feet. They also read tons of poems from many different famous ancient poets. While learning the Latin vocabulary, students will find derivatives of Latin words in the English language. This is so useful in science and medical fields. They can look at the scientific name of a species of animal, a disease, or a medicine and pick out Latin words within the name to figure out what type of animal it is, or what the disease is, or what the medicine cures. So students aren't just learning Latin; they're learning grammar, history, and so much more. From a senior's point of view, Latin can be useful for so many majors in college. Current Latin students are also upset by the fact that Oakcrest, one of the other two schools in our district, will be offering its student an additional language in the 2017/2018 school year, making their total languages five and Cedar Creek's total three. When viewing their "Curriculum Guide" for Oakcrest regarding the 2017/2018 school year, one will observe that they will offer French, German, Latin, and Spanish, all of which Cedar Creek currently has. However, one will also notice that Chinese will be offered at Oakcrest as well. So not only is the district removing Latin from the Cedar Creek curriculum, it's adding Chinese to the Oakcrest curriculum. The current Latin students at Cedar Creek are extremely upset by this cut since the class is educational in so many areas, and because current students won't be able to take all four years of the language. Please help to keep Latin at Cedar Creek by signing our petition. Every single signature is greatly appreciated!
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