Nicholas Gage

Nicholas Gage - Greta Streed Reading Response 3 The Gage...

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Greta Streed Reading Response 3 The Gage piece was incredibly inspiring reading it as a future teacher. The first thing that stood out to me was when Gage talks about his mother and how, “she died so that her children could go to their father”. There is so much about being born in America, families in tact that we take for granted. He also talked about how when he first arrived in America and went to school he was in a class for the mentally retarded because they didn’t accommodate those who didn’t speak English. I was struck by this and it reminded me how important it is to be bilingual. I want to Spanish so I can accommodate students who don’t speak English as a first language and their parents who aren’t comfortable speaking English. Every time I travel abroad I’m a little embarrassed by the limited Spanish I speak. Every other country speaks multiple languages and learn language early and thoroughly so they can communicate in other cultures and the U.S. seems so much less willing to try to learn the languages of the rest of the world.
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