French immersion divisive
Re Breaking the spell of French immersion,
opinion, Nov. 9 I am saddened to see that the writer of this narrow-minded ode to dumbing down in education was written by someone who, according to the brief bio, will be one of those shaping policies in Ontario. In case the writer hasn’t noticed, Canada has two official languages.
Immersion is, I have long observed, more “dipping” than “immersion.” If core French were taught properly, and if it were compulsory right through high school, immersion would be unnecessary. The writer is also wrong about elitism. French immersion classes I have been in, both as a parent and as an educator, attract all kinds of parents, many of whom simply want their child/ren to know both official languages of the country they live in. The spell that needs to be broken is the obsession among educators to chip away continuously at education. Judith Cohen, Toronto French is dead. If it was important, the feds could have put up learning French TV channels with no opposition. It is an official language, but will never be a national language. John Stark, Richmond, B.C.