FOREIGN LANGUAGE PRIORITIES IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM ARE OUT OF WHACKInstead of making foreign languages a critical part of early education, national budgeting has decreased funding for educational opportunities in foreign languages. What’s more, the US language priorities concentrate on languages that are sorely unhelpful. In 2013, nearly 200,000 American students took a French course. Sixty-four took Bengali, in spite of the fact that the number of people in the world who speak Bengali outnumber French speakers almost 3 to 1.
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