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Letter: Latin Is Crucial In Learning

Mineola was just one of the few schools in the area that offered Latin to our students. I know it would be sadly missed by the students, especially by the Latin Club, which is one of the largest clubs in Mineola High School. I strongly oppose this and am asking anyone, especially Mineola parents to make sure that this does not happen.

 

Latin terminology is vital to learning the advanced academic fields, such as medicine, law, theology and history. It strengthens ones ability to learn French, Spanish and Italian. Oh, and by the way, Latin helps a student maximize their SAT scores.

 

When seeing new words for the first, time, they already know the roots and prefixes; also helps with Math.

 

I will get into the fascinating study of history in just a moment. Please read some quotes below by College Admissions, pertaining to students who have a knowledge of Latin.

 

“Students taking Latin are typically scholarly. They pursue academic study in the purest sense, they are not simply fulfilling a requirement.”—Matthew Potts, admissions counselor, University of Notre Dame

 

This year, I was particularly impressed by a student with average test scores and grades who had taken Latin throughout middle and high school. We ended up offering the student admission, and I think it is fair to say that it was his commitment to Latin that tipped the scales.”—Andrea Thomas, assistant dean of admissions, Hamilton College

 

If we, as parents, can see the value of this in our child’s development and education, can we all save this course at Mineola High School? Our voices need to be heard on this one. Please voice your opinion with this decision to District Superintendent Michael Nagler This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Go onto the Mineola schools website and email the board members on the board of education. Go to our Facebook Page, “Save the Latin course at Mineola High School.” 

 

— Mary Goodfellow

 

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