The ancient Romans conquered the known world over 3000 years ago. During their expansion, the Romans borrowed the best of Greek philosophies and added in uniquely Roman technological and artistic advancements never seen before in the world. As the Romans expanded, they brought their languages which over time morphed into the Romance Languages we speak today. (English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese).
All of the modern sciences were born at the time of the Renaissance (500 years ago). From the Age of the Enlightenment and the scientific revolution onward, the sciences blossomed. The explosion of knowledge and the sciences occurred when all educated people knew Latin and Greek.
Latin root words can be found in biology, chemistry, astronomy, psychology, sociology, economics, law, and government. The first task in learning a new subject is to learn the vocabulary. Learning the vocabulary is half the battle. (Latin and Greek in Gross Anatomy Study)
Ethos Logos supported Classical Schools provide Latin instruction for native English speakers, where a single semester—even a single lesson—carries immediate benefits. This is demonstrated in the systematic way Latin builds a student’s vocabulary.
Latin students consistently outperform their peers on standardized tests' language and vocabulary sections. The resurgence in classical education is taking place in low-income and minority neighborhoods in order to boost SAT scores and give students a better chance of getting accepted into a university or communicating ideas better. More research HERE.
Latin used to be a staple of American education. In 1890, about 35% of students in US public schools took Latin as a foreign language (Marrs, 2007). By 1905, that number had tripled (approximately 56% of American students were learning Latin in public schools). In 1928, about three million students took Latin; during the Great Depression, that number increased by nearly 70%. However, with the dawn of the Cold War, Latin enrollments plunged dramatically, and no more than about 429,000 high schoolers were taking Latin by 1948. A decade and a half later, that number grew to about ten million students nationwide, but even that figure as a percentage of high school enrollments accounted for just 7.1% of students. (Pegasus Project)
Why Should We Bring Back A Dead Language Like Latin?
“[I]n that respect, [Latin] represents a verbal analog to the teaching of mathematics as a cumulatively organized subject area.” VanTassel-Baska, 1987
Latin for English Language Learner (ELL) Scholars
Research by of Penn State Center for Language Science found that lessons in the Latin roots of words may help Spanish-speaking students who are learning English bridge the gap between the two languages.
In a study, researchers found that teaching English Learners -- students who aren't fluent in English and often come from homes where a language other than English is spoken -- the Latin roots of words helped them problem solve the meaning of unfamiliar words.
"The idea is that Latin roots can be helpful for learning sets of academic words in English," said Amy Crosson, assistant professor of education at Penn State. "Spanish-speakers may also be at an advantage because they can use home language resources to help learn Latin roots and see more cross-linguistic connections."
English Learners make up nearly 10 percent of the school-age population, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The researchers said that while this population is one of the most quickly growing groups in U.S. schools, it's also one of the most vulnerable, with disparities in academic achievement and low graduation rates.
Crosson said that while educators sometimes encourage these students to learn English as quickly as they can, possibly at the risk of losing their native language, emerging research is showing the benefits of bilingualism. She added that teachers should encourage students to develop and build on their home languages while they are developing academic English.
"New research, some coming out of Penn State's Center for Language Science, is looking at the cognitive benefits of bilingualism from a neurological perspective," Crosson said. "One of the things they're finding is that there are benefits around executive function development. And across education research, we are beginning to find that executive function is associated with achievement in mathematics and literacy. Our project makes contact with this exciting line of research."
Crosson said she was interested in finding a way to help English Learners embrace their native languages while also boosting their literacy and academic vocabulary.
(Penn State. "Latin may help students bridge their native language with English." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 October 2018.)