Higher education students should be utilized in schools

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Two years ago, Carrboro High School senior Lee Mook began the Language for Youth program, in which CHS students volunteer their time to teach language classes at Culbreth Middle School.

The program offers early-morning instruction in Chinese, Japanese and German — languages not offered at the middle school level — in order to give middle school students the opportunity to begin learning the basics of these commonly used languages early on.

Language for Youth volunteers see a bright future ahead, but education can always see growth. One way to help keep the program active would be to engage UNC students as student-teachers, not just in teaching languages but also in other important subjects such as psychology and economics that are traditionally not offered at the middle school level.

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