At the high school, Barbara Sugarman has taught the language for 20 years.
Translating sentences from Latin helps teach analytical skills, she said.
"That's the ultimate goal, to be able to think," she said. "Kids have a solid foundation between the classical world and our world today. The contributions made by the Romans are still part of our culture. The kids see it's not just a textbook course. It's a course that's very relevant to them."
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