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August 08, 2013  |   Comments (7)   |   Post a comment

Indiana district teaching bus drivers Spanish


EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Indiana Public Media reports that a school district here created a program that is teaching 21 bus drivers Spanish during their summer vacation so they can better communicate with a growing number of Latino students in the area.

The district created the voluntary program after one bus driver asked for resources to help her communicate with Spanish-speaking students.

The teacher of the course told the news outlet that the goal of the class is to equip the bus drivers with just enough of the language to make the Spanish-speaking students comfortable, such as saying a few words to welcome the kids on the first day of school.

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im all for if your in america, learn the language. but as a bus driver it really helps if WE could communicate with the parents. parents are the worst when if comes to rules and safety.

sher    |    Aug 20, 2013 09:20 PM

Safety is our number one priority in this industry, no matter what language the children speak. And if that means learning a few key words and phrases in another language to help them stay safe on the bus during the transitional time it takes them to learn our language, then that is what should happen. You'll know when they have begun speaking English better as you will hear it during their conversations with other students on the bus. Kudos to the district for helping to make all children on their buses as safe as they can be.

Susan    |    Aug 13, 2013 04:36 PM

Ridiculous. My hometown always bassackwards! Teach the kids English morons.

Rob Golden    |    Aug 12, 2013 08:38 AM

Come on, everyone knows "good morning" and "have a nice day" and "please stay seated", "emergency exit", "stop" even if you are from Mexico, living in Mexico. I find this a total waste of money and time, use the language that they need to learn not the language they already know!!!

G Wilson    |    Aug 12, 2013 06:29 AM

I agree with Mike. My ancestors came here from Germany and had to learn the English language or fail. No warm & fuzzies to carry them around on a feather pillow! Why are all the warm & fuzzies always so worried about catering to the Mexicans that come to the good old USA to profit at the expense of generations before them that made this country.

Paul    |    Aug 08, 2013 02:27 PM

Yeah....this America....not north Mexico, speak English or get out of our country.....I have been to Mexico and the people there don't go out of there way to speak English for us so why should we speak Spanish to accommodate them......again speak and learn English or get the f.... out if this country

Mike    |    Aug 08, 2013 02:11 PM

Why aren't they learning english?

nunya    |    Aug 08, 2013 01:41 PM

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