Think about it. While we’re working so hard to give our children the best education possible, are we actually painting ourselves into a corner? That’s the throught that sprang to mind when I read this USA Today article about foreign language programs for kids. Although it was originally published in 2007, it’s still relevant today.
Just take this quote, for example: “I’m smarter than my father. He can only speak one language.”
I think we can all agree that this would be a great problem to have. So far, I have been unable to interest my son in learning either French (which his father and I speak) or Spanish (which I studied in school and is the kid “cool” language of Sesame Street, Dora, and Diego). I’m still working on piquing his interest but I’m confident that once I get him there, the rewards of raising “smarter” kids will be clear.