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Should all students graduate high school with native fluency in English and proficiency in at least one other language?

It is impossible to get the

It is impossible to get the students to reach a near-native level of English without sacrificing most of their education in their own language. This is not desirable, as it would impact the students ability to speak about academic topics in the local language, and in the long run it would threaten the very existence of the native language, at least as a language of culture.

The world's cultural diversity is a precious thing and it must be maintained.

Hi I think English should be

I think English should be the main languge and one other language should be taught simultaneously. English has been the main language I do not know why this need to be changed.


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I think that students should

I think that students should learn whatever they want. Although English is important, it is not necessary to require students of other countries to learn this language. I feel that children should embrace their native culture and tradition. When students are fluent in their own language, then they can choose whether or not to learn English. The English language is dominating and may even wipe out other languages and cultures. People should keep their own culture alive by speaking their own language. Students should not be required to be fluent in English.

I agree that all students

I agree that all students should be fluent in English and one other major language. I think English should be the main language, only because English is taught in most industrialized countries in the world. I think English and one other language should be taught simultaneously for as many years as necessary for the student to be able to speak it conversationally. I think the sooner and the longer languages are taught it leads to students engaging in other languages, builds self esteem and breaks down stereotyples.

Yes. Absolutely. Look at the

Yes. Absolutely. Look at the new documentary "Waiting For Superman." We [US] are falling way behind as others in other countries are pulling up their educational systems. If current trends continue, we'll be sending our students "over there" for their education -- but, few will be able to go as they won't be able to speak the language.

I agree that the languages

I agree that the languages of education should be drastically reduced in order to encourage people to communicate with those of different cultures. I do not agree, however, that English should be the de facto main language in all cases. Countries should be encouraged to study in more international languages, leaving their local languages as remnants of their culture. This would be practical for most countries lacking resources to translate all material as it is produced. And while English is by far the largest and most widely spoken language, many countries do not feel the pressure to conform to world standards. In 100 years (or less!!!), the realities of economics may dictate a different answer to that question, but each country will always have the right to choose for themselves.