I think the notion that children should not be taught other languages in school is to place a value on ignorance. Seeing people express these kinds of sentiments is so sad to me. Are there really people running around out there who know more than one language who think to themselves "boy, I really wish I'd never been taught that second language...I'd be better off only knowing one"?I took a whopping nine years of French in school and even one year of Russian. I feel it's enriched my life and I've never been sorry I had that experience and opportunity.In quite a few countries other than America (such as in Europe and Asia, etc.), knowing two or even three languages fluently is commonplace. Americans are relatively backward in that regard, I'll admit.
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