Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Latin lost in budget translation at Jeffco schools

In Laurie Lawless' Latin class at Dakota Ridge High School, 18 eager students study the classics: works by Vergil, Ovid, Horace — and, of course, the timeless ... Seuss?

"Imber tortum diem fluit," says 16-year-old Ryan Cutter, reading with earnest precision. "Urceatim semper pluit."

Lawless helps him through a literal translation of the opening lines of "Cattus Petasatus" and then opens the English-language version of "The Cat in the Hat​" and reads it aloud again: "The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play."

This sort of playfulness with a purpose has cultivated a devoted following of students in the 11 years since Lawless launched the Latin program. And it's one of many reasons they lament its official demise with next year's budget cuts.

More at Denver Post


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