Wednesday April 23, 2008

An expansion at Coral Way Elementary requires cutting down 6 old Ficus trees, and local residents are protesting.

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  1. Mikhail    Wed Apr 23, 10:09 AM #  

    Okay, I have two issues with this story…

    1. Either spend the money to have the trees moved (expensive proposition) or find a way to build around them. SoFla has lost so many of it’s trees to construction that it has become a concrete jungle. IMHO trees must be saved, especially here in SoFla.

    2. “People passing by Coral Way Bilingual K-8 Center Monday…” Okay, wait, Coral Way Bilingual? Really? Is this a public school that teaches in Spanish? Though this jumps off the subject of the trees, I’d like to address it anyway. Not to sound like someone who is intolerant, because I’m not, but teaching children in Spanish is just wrong in my book. It only enables the already huge problem of English illiteracy and the inability to speak the language. I absolutely agree that foreign language courses have their place in schools and that people should take a second language, but the primary language is still ENGLISH!
    Hell, I had to learn the language when I came to this country and I didn’t have the luxury of going to a Russian/English Bilingual school!

    Anyhow, maybe I’m way off my rocker here. Just wanted to vent.

    Good morning all!



  2. CLJ    Wed Apr 23, 10:33 AM #  

    If they were anything but Ficus trees, I’d be out there with a sign. But ficus trees are nasty critters; their roots can destroy pipelines and foundations and sidewalks and streets. Their brittle trunks snap very easily in strong winds; not what you want next to a school in hurricane country.



  3. JErick    Wed Apr 23, 05:22 PM #  

    I think they’re being reasonable with the whole tree issue, but that’s me.

    I think that they shouldn’t have been in that area in the first place, making expansion more difficult. Personally, not being a resident of that part, I wouldn’t mind those six trees in particular being taken down.

    And I won’t try to carry on with mikhail’s statement with bilingual education, but the main purpose of bilingual education is to integrate the learning system in both languages, which I think is an amazing idea, so that people can be fluent in both languages, currently a very useful (if not necessary) thing in Miami.