Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Education in America: Make foreign languages mandatory in schools

This writer tells why Americans should know other languages and how to make it happen.   - - Donna Poisl

BY Reno Berkeley

The US educational system is broken. Our children have fallen behind those in China, India and Europe in basic math and science skills. What many education-reform advocates hardly mention is our deplorable foreign-language skills.

Americans have long held the belief that everyone in the world should learn English for our convenience, even when we travel overseas. It is just one more aspect of the “Ugly American” that other nations resent about our society as a whole.

A friend of mine has a brother who works for a computer component company that supplies parts for major tech giants. He travels to China frequently to inspect the manufacturing facilities and to find more ways to cut corners on costs. 
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