Monday, December 6, 2010

Our Kids Face A Different World...

But will they be prepared for it? More student loans because the economy stinks. Likely fewer opportunities for well paid jobs. A lingering sense that this was not how it was supposed to be.

Maybe these are morose musings on a Monday, but a story about cuts to language departments in colleges somehow reinforces my concerns. New students may no longer major in French, Italian, Russian and the classics.

We're at a period when knowledge of another language (or two) has never been more critical. At breakfast today, a friend suggested that our teen's best bet would be to take Chinese in college. I understand completely. But it seems that instead we are setting up our kids to be second class citizens in a global world.

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