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ERIC Number: ED142096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
A White Paper on Latin and the Classics for Urban Schools.
Newly-conceived Latin programs, designed to improve the English reading and vocabulary skills of pupils of all backgrounds and abilities, have been initiated in several urban school districts. The studies, undertaken in Philadelphia, Indianapolis, the District of Columbia, Los Angeles, Alexandria, Erie County (Pa.), Illinois, and Worcester (Mass.), show that these programs have proven very successful in achieving their goals with urban pupils. Latin also offers other benefits which are less tangible than the linguistic ones. For example, the relevance of Latin and classical studies is patent in visual arts and literature. Greece and Rome offer large-scale opportunities for observation of republican and/or democratic institutions and society. The social problems of the ancient world offer the modern student fresh insights into contemporary problems. The relevance of Latin is also found in the influence the ancients' moral values still have on Western civilization today. Therefore, Latin deserves emphasis in the curriculum at all levels. Exploratory courses should be given in grades 4 through 8 and Latin should be taught as an elective subject in secondary schools at all levels. An audio-lingual approach should be used, rather than the traditional grammar-translation method which does not meet the needs of modern urban youth. (CFM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Classical League, Oxford, OH.; Classical Association of the Atlantic States, Inc.
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