Why Take Latin? How Could You Not!?!
Believe it or not, Latin is one of the most
useful classes a student can take in High School.
If you have been through High School, think about your own experience,
or lack thereof, with Latin! Nine times out of ten, the person who
took Latin in High School is incredibly grateful that he or she had taken
it and, nine times out of ten, the people who did not take Latin in High
School wishes that they would have! Why is that, do you think??
Latin at North Gwinnett High School puts its students heads above the
rest!! Mr. Yaggy's students will score better on the SAT, make better
grades in their other classes (especially English, Social Studies, and
Science), enjoy school just a little bit more, and be better prepared for
Here is why:
- Increased SAT scores
(2008 data & 2009 data) - It has been proventime and time
again that taking at least two
years of Latin will increase
verbal SAT scores on average by 100
points. This is
even over students who
take other foreign languages. Latin
students do this
year after year because they are constantly
learning how to think analytically and critically.
The curriculum emphasizes learning the Latin
words and prefixes which show up today
in over sixty percent of the English
that we speak daily! To prove
this, all of the words highlightedin
the previous sentences are
derived from Latin!
- Success in other classes - Our language, system
of thought, political system, and much of our culture is based on the classical
tradition. The Latin curriculum bleeds over into almost every other
discipline (especially English, and other foreign languages). In fact, Mr. Yaggy has been seen in several other classrooms
throughout the year guest lecturing in World History classes about Rome
and Greece and also in English classes enlightening students with the background
of Julius Caesar and the Roman Republic.
- It looks good on transcripts - What will separate you from the rest of the pack? Colleges are looking for that extra
qualification to separate the acceptances from the rejections. The stigma alone that Latin is a difficult language says a lot about the prospective applicant. Latin can be and often is that extra push that applicants have.
- Preparation for a multitude of careers - The
benefits of Latin in preparing students for a future in the legal profession,
the medical field, and in writing are well documented, but did you know
that employers in Silicon Valley, who must train their employees on the
job, are now looking for college graduates who have proved their worth
in school with a Classical education?
- Appreciation of Life! - This is Mr. Yaggy's
personal favorite!! A classical education offers its students insight
into the finer points of life. Suddenly, legal references, allusions
in literature and in movies, and our own language, make complete sense!
Let High School Latin supply the firm foundation for making the right decisions
in college and beyond!
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