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  • They should learn more than one language.

    The reason I say yes is because if they do take time to learn the language(s) maybe they will take the time to really learn. But I also think that it should be a choice not to be laid down om thwm when they probably already have enough to do.

  • We are global

    As long as Americans want to do business with other English speaking countries and other countries come to the US to do business, we will be fine. If other countries in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa chose not to do business with the US, how would we be able to convince them. It seems rather narcissistic to expect them to come to us.

  • It will help the student in the long run..

    In my opinion, it should be mandatory for students to learn a second language. Sure some people think it's a waste of time or that it's boring and complex, but it may come in handy in the future. Yes maybe the student will stay in the same country but what if they decide to go on a vacation or look for jobs? Learning a new language will allow a person to communicate and also to understand diversity. This is getting too long, but learning a foreign language does have its pros and cons. Although I still believe it should be a required subject in schools.

  • It will be great for students!

    Learning a new language will help you get more money. You will also feel more connected to the different cultures. Learning a new language is fun! At least for me...But everybody is different. The best language to start at is Spanish that's where all the basic Latin roots are from. Learning a new language is fun as long as you are in for it.

  • Kids improve speaking fluency

    With little kids learning new languages it give thing to think about but took improve vocabulary as it is. Kids learn the value of big and strong words while trying to define the foreign word.
    The knew words give kids speech fluency and knowledge. Kids ,in addition to speech ,will help decipher words easier and faster.

  • Very Much Yes.

    Children should be able to speak different languages for learning advantages and future jobs that relate to foreign languages, they will be happier too going to a different country and being able to communicate to unknown people, which is also a big problem in other countries that people can't communicate to foreigners too. Thank you, Nikki C.

  • Yes yes yes

    Students should learn a foreign languages,because it help them in many different ways in life )) they make better their life,they will have more friends in future than now . Also they have means to travel in different countries . So its my opinion to learn different languages . Bye

  • We should require students to take foreign language classes.

    Think of the large variety of jobs that it will allow students to take in the future. Maybe you go on a vacation and can speak their language fluently and can communicate. Or you could just be that American that can only speak English. You decide to live in a different country and can speak English and that language.

  • Learning a foreign language opens your mind

    Not only you learn grammar rules, you learn about other cultures, you enjoy travelling more, you become more open minded and you are more likely to understand about the world, history, current affairs. Learning languages brings you together to other people. Learning a foreign language will make you smarter as it is a great asset to the cognitive process

  • To be competent

    Students should learn foreign language other than English because to stay competent. Many companies today looking for graduates who be able to speak more than 2 languages. Learning other language makes student highly competent as they have the urge to get down and loosen their tongue. Today, English is not just the only language that starts to take over the world, but others as well. Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese are the example that also starts to win the hearts of others

  • Its up to the person.

    If the student wants to learn another language then they can learn another language. It is up to them if they decide but some people don't even speak their own language or even spell some words at that. So why should you be forced to learn another language if you don't even know half of your language? So their goes your reason why, I mean its stupid

  • Not required in my opinion

    Any foreign language in my opinion isn't required unless you plan on exploring the world or have plans to work at a call area or being a teacher for students who WANT to learn a new language. Not many people want to speak another language I for one don't but yet is forced on students who don't want to learn another language and they don't get a say in it and thus makes it harder for any student who doesn't want to learn a new language as they have to sit am examination on it and focus on something they don't find important or interesting for there present or future life this applies pressure on them and distracts there attention away from other subjects such as maths science and English witch then in turn affects there grade as there attention is focused on foreign languages.

  • It's a complete waste of time.

    People barely know how to speak English, why should they be forced to learn another language? How would you feel if schools made everybody learn about biochemical engineering and said the reason is to expand our thought processes? I don't plan on leaving the United States at all, nor do I plan on doing anything that involves me speaking another language. However if you plan on doing something that helps you if you are bilingual than by all means yes, if not don't do it.

  • It should be optional.

    Kids don't pay attention while learning a second language and they always say they don't understand. One time, my Spanish teacher asked, "Is anyone Savera's friend?" and no one raised their hand except Savera because we all thought she said, "Who is Savera?" This is why language in school should be optional.

  • It Should Not Be Required

    Although learning a foreign language is a huge plus for any individual, it should not be a requirement. Furthermore, not everyone has the desire to learn a foreign language, therefore they should not be forced to do so. Those who do wish to learn another language will benefit from it, but it should be optional.

  • Foreign language is great... If you WANT to learn it!

    I think learning a foreign language has many advantages: it promotes cognitive growth in the student and provides a cultural understanding and appreciation that expands the United States' borders. Foreign language in school is a wonderful opportunity for students willing to dedicate the time to learn the language. But what about the students whom aren't so dedicated? Indeed, these students that lack a passion for foreign languages only take such classes because they are forced to. What's the result? A miserable, stressed student trying to juggle a Spanish class, which he couldn't care less about, into a hectic school and personal life. The ironic part is that these students whom we force to take these foreign languages classes do not retain the majority of the language. I'm currently taking a Chinese 2 class and absolutely hate it; the only thing keeping me from dropping the course is the foreign language requirement.

  • Unless your serious about it you don't actually learn how to speak the language

    Many schools require that students take a foreign language to graduate. That is absolutely ridiculous. Even after taking a language for more than a year most children can't say much more than Hi, How are you, and what's your name.Why? Because after the first few classes where you learn those basic phrases you don't give a crap about the language and see it more as a subject you need to pass rather than a way to expand your horizons. If you ask the teacher that teaches the language they don't even have a valid reason. A few weeks ago when my Spanish teacher was asked why we have to take the class her response was that America isn't the best country. How is that a valid reason? Oh wait, it isn't. Also, the way that schools teach a language is totally backwards. They have you repeatedly write down pointless words and phrases rather than actually speaking to each other in that particular language.

  • Students don't have to learn a new language if they don't want to do it.

    Some students think that it is a wast of time an it is not worth it at all. Some students maybe want to focus on their regular classes than wasting time trying to learn a second language. Also taking a second language is a choice rather they want to or don't want to.

  • It's our choice

    At the moment I'm learning a Japanese. But this is my choice, not my schools choice. I believe we all have to decide for ourselves if we want to learn a foreign language or not. Learning a new language is great but is should not be REQUIRED in order to graduate.

  • Waste of time

    I feel like, how am I suppose to focus on classes that I need to take to graduate when I am working on a whole new language. I think it should be optional for the people who want to participate not be forced to do so. Thanks for reading! (:


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Anonymous says2013-02-27T17:11:49.397
I think that high schoolers should at least take two years of foreign language; besides colleges are looking for people who know more than one language; i think it helps your brain grow!
Anonymous says2013-04-05T18:45:34.753
Kids need to have a good future and more people these days in 2013 are accepting people with double languages be some just know English or they only know Spanish I am not age nested them but in my opinion should learn and I know I want people to have jobs like me I Mexican and white and I got a perfect colleague for me and I will one day teach my kids the languages I know and I am starting to learn French and that will help me in my future .Thats my opinion Amy S.G
Anonymous says2013-05-22T01:04:23.247
Learning a second language earlier in your school life could help you in the future, it also broadens your personal outlook on the specific culture or language. It also has been proven that 'bilingual' people's (people who speak another language other than enlgish) brain capacity is higher than that of a single language learner. Because I personally study Japanese currently.
IcedViolets says2014-04-23T21:53:29.780
We should be teaching our children a foreign language from birth. Language is formed at an early age, therefore, making it easiest to learn as early as possible. Why not encourage diversity and learning? This is only going to help our children with their career development as well as acceptance of others. A close-minded society gets us nowhere. Why not encourage growth?!