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America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century

Yesterday, the bi-partisan, national effort led by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences’ Commission on Language Learning released its report “America’s Languages: Investing in Language Learning for the 21st Century”.

It recommends a national strategy to “improve access to as many languages as possible for people of every region, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background—that is, to value language education as a persistent national need similar to education in math or English, and to ensure that a useful level of proficiency is within every student’s reach.”

These recommendations are based on hard facts such as:

The report highlights disparities in private and public schools across the country which point to language still being a privilege.

The report specifically highlights the benefits and cost-effectiveness of dual language programs in increasing student proficiency.

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