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Second Langauges should be Manditory in School Districts

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Started: 10/9/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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WolfTerrorists

Con

First round shall be for acceptance. ;)
Mangoburle

Pro

I accept this challenge.
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Debate Round No. 1
WolfTerrorists

Con

I argue that secondary languages should not be manditory because of:

* The Current State of our Educational System
* Our Culture
* Employment Necessities

The Current State of our Education System is a mediocracy at best and the lack of funding to education is in part the reason. In 2013, the United States ranked 36th out of 60 countries, and the schools that fair best in the United States still lack in comparison to school children in countries such as, Belgium or the Netherlands. There simply isn't enough money currently to even give students the right to decide if they want to take a language.

Our culture is also another reason why learning languages shouldn't be manditory. In the United States, we generally speak one language: English. That language became so useful that it has prevented us from learning other languages compared to countries like Burundi, where school children are required to speak 4 languages due to their geography in Central Africa. The reason we pull inward when learning new languages is that we're forced to compare them to English and not to have students decide during the time when learning languages is the easiest, when you're speaking your Native Language. Our culture forces us to only learn one language, and our geography simply reinforces that statement.

Employment Necessities have shifted away from languages and onto STEM based work. In the 21st century, the United States has become more technologically advanced than any other nation, ranking 3rd in this catergory. Entepertures are the most common arguments brought up in this topic when it comes to learning languages. However, situations where that's needed are mainly in the Courts and War Zones, not in STEM based occupations where languages are considered programming languages. Our technology will eventually become so strong that, learning languages will become less of a necessity especially with the advent of translators.
Mangoburle

Pro

Limited proficiency in foreign languages are unacceptable in this ever growing multicultural world and society. Learning a second language and mastering it opens doors to more countries and also enables you to become functional in a foreign societies. Learning a second language allows us to take purchase imports and sell exports, it upgrades you capability to travel and attend important business meetings.

Even though technology evolved enough to give your device the ability to translate foreign languages for you, it really doesn't help you as much as actually, mentally understanding what is being said. What of something happens to your device when you are in a foreign speaking society and you're unable to use that translation app that you just downloaded ? Will you still be able to communicate and understand what is being said or will you be crippled in the sense that it will not possible to communicate with the people around you ?

Learning languages is important and should be considered a door way to making communication easier and not considered as a waste of time.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com...
Debate Round No. 2
WolfTerrorists

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Mangoburle

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Debate Round No. 3
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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Richardsonalj 2 years ago
Richardsonalj
Aren't they already? It would be extremely difficult, if I didn't pass two years of a language class, to graduate from RPHS. Or is that the IB program at work?
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