Ross Butler MP
“I believe that the proposal (primary Esperanto) has considerable merit from many perspectives. These include intrinsic educational merit for children; efficiency and economy in instructional resources, both in initial training of teachers and continuing provision of teachers; providing a firm and encouraging foundation for the study of other languages in secondary and tertiary education; international communication – a child could correspond in Esperanto with children with similar skills in each of China, Finland, Rumania (to give an exotic example); and, what is currently foremost in discussion of English teaching, the enhancement of insight into the principles of grammar and spelling through the rational, logical rule based structure of Esperanto.”
I believe that the introduction of Esperanto for the reasons well documented by Penny Vos would mitigate the problems of implementation and continuation of other LOTE in evidence over forty years in primary schools. Also, of course, it would be extremely valuable learning experience for primary children and contribute immensely to greater enrolment in secondary grades in other LOTE.
Ross Butler BA Dip Ed MEd FAICD MP
House of Assembly, Tasmania
Former teacher of French and German and High School Principal 1963 - 2000