Elementary students in Waunakee, Wisconsin are learning social studies in Spanish — only parents say they’re learning neither the subject nor the foreign language, reports the Wisconsin State Journal. Students don’t study Spanish on its own. They’re supposed to pick it up in context through three half-hour social studies classes three days a week in first through fourth grades.
In the lower grades, there’s so little content in social studies classes — “community and family structure” are the themes — that children’s lack of comprehension didn’t generate complaints. But now the program has moved to fourth grade. Students are supposed to learn Wisconsin history in a language they don’t know.
(Parent Jean) Magnes said because of how the subject has been taught, students aren’t learning Spanish or history.
“They don’t enjoy (Spanish), don’t speak it,” she said.
Parents would support a Spanish class in elementary school, but officials say there’s not enough time in the school day.