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Teach Esperanto to Primary School children all over the world

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https://secure.avaaz.org/en/community_petitions/Teach_Esperanto_to_Primary_School_children_all_over_the_world/

"Esperanto is the only language which is logical enough for Primary School teachers to teach it without having learnt it first. Children of Primary school age can learn a language easier than any time later in life. These teachers require a kit of resources to do this and this kit is available at www.mondeto.com for English speaking countries and will soon be available in more than 100 other countries where Esperanto is being spoken at present. While teaching the children, the teachers will also learn Esperanto and be able to use it for themselves all over the world after only a few years. They will gain a better understanding and friendships with the people in other countries for the advantage of their own community and the communities which they contact. This will go a long way towards bringing peace to all mankind".

P.S. Mi ne povis konekti al mondeto.com :(

1 week ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Disclaimer: In 2014 I was given an opportunity to sign a petition to have Esperanto added to a website called "Duolingo" and I turned it down, most certainly thinking "Oh gosh, not another silly petition from my fellow Esperantists!" I don't know whether the "survey" in question actually helped Esperanto get added to this yet-to-me-unknown website, but in hindsight, the invitation strikes me as a missed opportunity.

But I am not going to sign this petition. It just makes Esperanto look silly.

"Esperanto is the only language which is logical enough for Primary School teachers to teach it without having learnt it first.

Is there a non-Esperantist educator or linguist in the world who can read that line without laughing? Even if it's true, it will certainly sound absurd to the outside world.

The survey also promotes the idea that Esperanto is a failed universal language, and not the successful common language of the international Esperanto community.

Finally, when I first checked the petition, about 50 people had signed it. I checked it again and about 50 people have signed it. As Nikhil3 pointed out, these kinds of decisions are in the hands of local teachers and local school districts. (At least, that's how it is in the US.) If they want to do it, they'll do it (or if not, they won't) and they will not be persuaded by a handful of signatories from out of district.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Danielconcasco
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"Is there a non-Esperantist educator or linguist in the world who can read that line without laughing? Even if it's true, it will certainly sound absurd to the outside world."

I've been a Latin teacher for fourteen years. We removed French from our offerings, since there was not enough demand. We now only offer Latin, Spanish, and Italian. We've discussed adding another language, maybe ASL, Mandarin, or Arabic, but in the end, we can't. It's very hard to get a school board or a superintendent to approve adding a language. If it fails, it costs the district tens of thousands to right the program.

Decisions like that must be very cautious. Unless a very prestigious private school offers Esperanto, no public school will jump on that. The administrator who signs off on that would be ending his or her career :/

3 days ago

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"Even if it's true, it will certainly sound absurd to the outside world."

Imagu, ke Nikolao Koperniko rifuzus anonci sian sistemon nur ĉar tiutempe ĝi sonis absurde.

"The survey also promotes the idea that Esperanto is a failed universal language, and not the successful common language of the international Esperanto community".

Mi ne vidas tiun ideon en la teksto.

"Finally, when I first checked the petition, about 50 people had signed it. I checked it again and about 50 people have signed it".

Post kiam mi legis ĉi tiun argumenton, mi finfine subskribis la peticion.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Oni ridis pri Koperniko.

Oni ridis pri Bozo la la Klaŭno

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FranzEbersburg

Mi subtenas tiun proponon.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nikhil3
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True. But it should get the local government support too.

1 week ago
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