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December 28, 2006

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jami

that's a great idea -- i hope it gets legs. i like france and germany just fine, but i'd certainly have preferred a less eurocentric language program in high school. the third language offered, spanish, was the only option for students who wanted a language spoken outside countries the size of colorado on the other side of the planet.

Patrick Story

Question: you may have heard that in China there are hundreds of millions of children studying English from pre-school age on up--possibly 300,000,000 or more, more than the population of the US. Isn't studying Mandarin more of a hobby than a necessity? In fact, isn't it retrograde now that the Chinese have decided that English is the most important language in the world to study? Wouldn't it make sense for more Americans to study Spanish, the second most important language of our hemisphere?

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