Supporting World Language Programs at West Virginia University
Dear Members of AATK,
I hope this message finds you well. As some of you might be aware, West Virginia University (WVU) has recently proposed a sweeping elimination of all world language programs, including the corresponding classes and faculty positions. This decision, they state, is driven by an initiative to reduce costs.
The AATK firmly and unequivocally opposes this decision. Such a move would not only deprive WVU students of invaluable global perspectives and render them less competitive in the global job market, but it would also endanger WVU's prestigious R1 status. Furthermore, it poses a significant threat to the continuity of the K-12 teacher pipeline within the state.
In solidarity with our mission to promote and safeguard world language education, the ACTFL has already reached out to the leadership of WVU. They've communicated their concerns through an official letter, a public statement, and by endorsing a JNCL-NCLIS Action Alert.
I want to draw your attention to a Change.org petition created in opposition to WVU's proposed measures. As of now, the petition boasts nearly 26,000 signatures. The aim is to rally as much support as possible, amplifying the collective voice of those who understand the profound implications of such a decision.
I personally, and on behalf of the AATK, urge each one of you to support this crucial campaign by adding your signature: https://www.change.org/p/preserve-students-rights-to-study-world-languages-at-wvu
Thank you for your continued commitment to language education and for standing united during these challenging times.
American Association of Teachers of Korean, AATK
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