This article outlines the benefits of bilingualism, dispels some misconceptions, and argues for why bilingualism should be encouraged in American schools.
“Bilingual individuals actually are better at complex skills (problem solving, planning, and executing challenging objectives) because they have reconciled linguistic systems.”
New American Media, Dec 17, 2015
Psychology Today, May 20, 2012
The background of many of our nation’s bilingual people and where they tend to live.
“The country’s knowledge of the languages of the world is a natural resource that should not be wasted.”
In Job Market, Bilingual Is a Bonus: Employers and Employees Reap Benefits from Workers’ Foreign-Language Skills
Los Angeles Times, May 16, 1995
In today’s global economy, there are more and more jobs where bilingualism is desired if not required.
“Some employers say that it’s also critical to hire people who are “bicultural,” meaning they understand the customs and traditions of their foreign-born clientele.”
ZDNet, Oct 20, 2010
China now has the second largest economy in the world. As a result, language immersion programs have seen a booming demand for Mandarin instruction.
Parents recognize that working knowledge of this widely spoken language will only help their children in their future careers.