The ability to speak other languages is sorely needed for our national security and economic success. Yet, speaking another language is viewed unfavorably by many Americans who fear a weakening of our national character. Consequently, this unique strength is daily losing its vitality.
Immigrants like you and me move to other countries for various reasons. We bring our language, customs and cultures with us. We can't leave them at the border. Do I want to assimilate? Hell, no. Do I want to acculturate? Yes. I want to get the best of both worlds.
The letter "R" in the English language is not a particularly distinguished letter. It is, of course, an integral part of the language, but when the letter "R" is part of a spoken word it is almost always of no auditory significance.
Every task we undertake as humans -- social beings, after all -- threatens to do violence, or at the very least ring hollow, when the well-being and happiness of ourselves and those around us are ignored.
New technologies and resourceful school districts will only get us so far. We need policymakers to prioritize language education so that America's students -- and our entire economy -- can reach their full potential.
There is no denying that there has been a significant drop in foreign language study both in high schools and at the undergraduate level. Enrollment has dropped by 6.7 percent since 2009. Furthermore, about 100,000 fewer students took college language classes in 2013.
Those behind a recent survey about high education were interested in whether high school graduates felt they were ready for college. In my opinion, there are ways to fill those perceived "gaps" upon entering college, and many of them have absolutely nothing to do with grades.
Basically every time you get a veggie or some fruit you have to bring it over to the little scale and punch in the associated number and weigh it and it'll print you a little scan out sticker. Okay, not so bad. Except there's one scale, maybe two, and a bajillion people.
You can't just take your kid on a vacation to Spain and consider your work done, nor can you sign up for a language course during sophomore year of college and check "global mindset" off your to-do list. Developing a global mindset should begin before birth and continue for a lifetime.
A new initiative at the International Institute of Education is sparking conversation, asking us how we can increase the cultural awareness in our students and encourage them to learn in environments outside of their comfort zone.
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Last week I took my first Spanish lesson. Apparently, I am as qualified today as I was at my last language lesson almost 40 years ago. Surely, when I travel to Costa Rica this winter, I'll be able to dazzle the kids with my ability to converse with the locals.
Learning a language is a commitment. It takes years to become truly proficient, and even then there will be yet more to learn. (I'm still learning new words and cultural references in English, and I've been speaking it since I was in diapers.)