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Rethink Mandarin. Consider Arabic.
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on Jan 8, 2007
World News ABC reported last evening that the US Government desperately needs people who are fluent in Arabic. They are needed in the military, in the diplomatic corps, in the service providers to the Middle East, and I'm guessing, in every area, for every reason cited by PACE for implementing Mandarin Immersion. Arabic is certainly a strategic language, and the US Government, according to the report, has lots of money to help those who want to teach it. So why not choose Arabic as the next language to "go immersion" in this district? Wouldn't it be interchangeable? The feasibility study would hold true. The proponents of immersion would get what they want. The values imparted to students by learning a second language at the elementary level would still exist, wouldn't they. Who says that Mandarin should be next in line? And why?
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