Teaching Chinese in prekindergarten through 12th grade is the latest thing in affluent New York districts, reports the NY Times. School are looking for credentialed teachers to meet the demand.
The proliferation of programs has also been stimulated by the availability of federal grant money to encourage Chinese language instruction.
It’s hard enough to learn a European language in school. How many of these kids will learn a useful amount of Mandarin?
In California, Mandarin-English immersion schools are proving popular but most of the parents speak some Chinese at home.