Merriam-Webster defines communication as “the act or process of using words, sounds, signs or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc., to someone else.”
At CHS, students are offered classes in many areas of communication. Students can study anything from digital video to journalism. The only, and perhaps most vital, area of communication the curriculum lacks in is world language. CHS should make more languages available in order to truly embody its name.
Unlike fellow MCVSD academies High Technology High School and the Academy of Allied Health & Science, CHS does not offer multiple world languages. HTHS offers Spanish, French and Latin and AAHS offers Spanish and Latin, according to the schools’ websites, while at CHS, Spanish is the only option.
Spanish is the most common language taught in U.S. schools, according to a study conducted by Harvard University’s Instituto Cervantes in 2014, because Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world, with 400 million speakers. Chinese is the most popular language, with 1.2 billion speakers, according to TestTube News, yet this language is not offered at CHS or any of the other MCVSD academies.
But this does not make Spanish the most important language for students to learn. All languages are important and necessary to communicate with people from different parts of the world. Multiple languages should be offered at CHS to allow students to continue studying the language they took in middle school and to provide options that boost SAT scores. In a December Inkblot survey, 32 percent of students said they studied a language other than Spanish in middle school.
If all students could continue their studies without having to switch to a new language, they would be able to take higher level classes. Students would also have the option to study a language they’re truly interested in, which would make learning more enjoyable.
Latin is a beneficial language to learn in high school because learning the roots of English words can help students to define vocabulary on the SAT. In 2011 and 2012, the Educational Testing Service found that students who studied Latin in school scored higher on the SAT than those studying other languages.
But practicality is not the only factor when students decide which language they want to learn.
Maybe a student wants to pick up some French and speak the language of love. Maybe they want to dabble in Russian and negotiate with Vladimir Putin.
CHS should incorporate more world languages into the curriculum in order to better accommodate and prepare students. Without language, communication between people would be nearly impossible. Without more languages, CHS doesn’t really feel like Communications.