Batesville Community School Corporation began a Chinese Global Initiative in 2013. We have five Sister Schools with elementary and high schools in China, allowing students to have authentic exchange experiences as they progress to higher grades in the DLI program. Batesville Community School Corporation has hosted Chinese students and Chinese educators over the past years. An exchange teacher from our Sister School, Danghu Senior High School, has taught Chinese Language courses at Batesville High School. BCSC teachers and administrators have taught in Guangzhou and Beijing. Additionally, the city of Batesville has a Sister City in Haiyan County, Zhejiang Providence, China.
China is one of the largest trading partners of the United States. As business relationships deepen between United States and China, Mandarin will become critical for business professionals in the next two decades, as our kindergarten students are graduating from high school and college. Learning Chinese will open many career opportunities for our students.
Currently, many Batesville and Indiana businesses regularly conduct business with China. China’s growing economic presence will only make the Chinese language more of a factor in a global economy. Being able to communicate – reading, writing and speaking – will allow students to compete effectively in the global economy of the 21st century.
Chinese is the #1 spoken language in the world and has seen a rise in the U.S., increasing almost 360 percent over the past three decades. Mandarin is quickly becoming the most demanded second language in the world – knowing Mandarin will give our students an edge when competing for employment. International businesses prefer to hire people who speak more than one language.
Mandarin is mentally stimulating, interesting, and fun. Learning Mandarin at an early age in an immersion setting will improve math and logical reasoning skills and can actually improve our students’ cognitive abilities in many areas. For more information, please visit our research and data link.