Language immersion schools, or at least halftime ones, seem to be a priority in some progressive school districts. A few state legislatures are mandating that students take foreign languages, all in the name of economic development.

It’s a given in other countries, but not the U.S. Norman schools have offered language courses for many years, but the Reagan Elementary School’s French immersion will be a first for the district. One class of kindergarteners and one of first graders will be spending half of their time immersed in French.

It’s a sign of the global world we inhabit. Norman offers French, Spanish, Chinese and Latin courses. German is no longer taught here.

Several readers have asked why French and not Spanish, the dominant second language in the U.S. It has to do with teacher preparation arrangements and the district’s collaboration with the OU College of Education.

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