Foreign Language Flap in Georgia

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Sandra Hunt has been teaching Spanish for 38 years. When it comes to teaching a second language, she says the earlier the better.

"Actually, it’s easier for the younger child because the brain is constructed in such a way it’s meant for learning language at an earlier age."

But now Gov. Sonny Perdue is proposing to cut $1.6 million of funding for foreign language in elementary schools.

Christopher Sheffield supports foreign language programs and said, "I think without question they need to be bi-lingual, without question, and to cut the funding would really challenge them in regards to being the leaders of tomorrow."

At Brookwood School in Thomasville, students are introduced to a foreign language in pre-k. Many residents disagree with the governor, saying this early start is a necessity.

Lyn Powell said, "If you go anywhere else in the world you run into people who speak 4,5,6,7, and 8 languages, and we do good to speak south Georgian, much less English."

Melody Porter added, "I think the earlier children start to learn, the more likely they are to keep with it. I started learning early because I lived overseas and they required children start in the first grade."

Many believe cutting funding for foreign language is just one more hurdle for Georgia students to overcome.