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What These Kids Do For Their Parents Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

December 4, 2013
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What These Kids Do For Their Parents Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity
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The next generation isn't as helpless and selfish as you think.

Kids of first-generation immigrants often find themselves playing the role of translator for parents trying to navigate the English language. The Literacy Council of Montgomery County in Maryland decided to encourage those kids’ roles as important teachers for their parents by offering multi-generational English classes for immigrants. The classes are offered once-a-week at several schools, and encourage parents and children to work together on literacy skills, especially those that are useful to parents on a day-to-day basis, such as making budgets and reading supermarket signs—though the kids might be hesitant to teach their parents to read report cards too closely.

 

 

 

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