[lg policy] Fwd: [Edling] Let's Stop Being the Butt of the Foreign Language Joke

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 25 13:54:52 UTC 2010

 Forwarded From: edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

IT Business Edge

Let’s Stop Being the Butt of the Foreign Language Joke

We’ve all heard the old joke that someone who speaks two languages is
called “bilingual,” and someone who speaks one language is called
“American.” The shame is that so few of us Americans are bothered by

 In a post I wrote back in December titled “Setting Our Kids Up for
Tech Career Failure,” I argued that our willingness to allow schools
to drop foreign language instruction as a cost-cutting measure will
yield a very costly predicament for our children:

The message being sent to our kids is that having a second language in
their career-building arsenals is inconsequential. Given that the
competition for STEM jobs will only become more global in scope by the
time these kids enter the work force, we’re handicapping them by
failing to prepare them with the international perspective and
globally oriented skill set that they’ll need to succeed.

Since then, it’s only become more obvious how beneficial it is to be
bilingual. A nationwide survey conducted earlier this year by
CareerBuilder and USA Today listed the demand for bilingualism as a
key employment trend for the second quarter of 2010…

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