Teaching of Latin in American Schools on the Rise

Hoping to improve student performance in American schools, some teachers are turning to an ancient discipline: Latin. According to CNN's Education Page, some teachers in American classrooms are turning to the teaching of Latin to improve student test scores. Sales of Latin textbooks are up and the number of students taking Latin advanced placement tests has doubled in the past few years. Educators are pointing to the use of Latin in scientific studies and as a basis for Romance languages as answers to some of the appeal of Latin in secondary schools and even elementary schools, where some students found Latin terms used in the Harry Potter books. Teachers such as Mark Keith in Fredericksburg, VA, are skipping verbs conjugations in favor of conversation. "I always tell students, 'We're here to communicate with the Romans,'" Keith said.