Beginning at a young age, students routinely learn at least one, and possibly two, other languages.
For a NUMBER of students to have learned at least one, and possibly two, other languages sounds great to me as a snapshot. For ALL students to be expected to learn one, and possibly two, other languages is a waste of time, money, and effort. Don’t get me wrong, I’m VERY embarrassed that many US citizens only know one language while most Europeans will know two or three or more. Also, I’m convinced that knowing a second or third language is a great way to understand other cultures, to appreciate diversity, to broaden your “native” vocabulary, and such. BUT, if we really think technology is “the future”, let us not forget that in a few years we’ll only have to speak into our cell phones to have any language translated for us. So, what’s the need for EVERYone to know other languages? Not knowing whether this is supposed to be a snapshot (and a good thing) or a broad statement (and a waste of resources) is confusing! [See other comments, snapshot versus broad statement under "Time"]
Multiple language learning should be standard. Being bi-lingual is crucial to today's world. Children learn languages fast at a young age so we should start them on Spanish or Chinese in kindergarten.
I totally support learning a variety of languages starting a young age. SC has been woefully negligent in this area, to our economic detriment. Clutual and social areas suffer when we pretend that we need to know only English.
Wonderful! Our children will more aptly access the global community.
this is critical in tomorrow's world… I wish I would have learned spanish
I believe that this is going to be an increasingly important skill for future learners. Our society as a whole is becoming more and more global and our education system needs to grow and change in order for our students to keep up in this interconnected community.
I wish I would have started learning Spanish earlier!
I never understood the value of learning two languages until I went overseas. I combined my knowledge of English and Spanish and was easily able to decipher signs written in Italian and French because they are all Latin-based languages.
The ability to speak multiple languages is a wonderful skill to have.
Who would determine which language or languages would be learned? Would Parents and/or students get a say in this matter?
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