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The ability to speak multiple languages is an enriching tool andsomething that the human brain is more than capable of doing Manycountries around the world require their students to learn multiplelanguages during their primary education which prepares students tosucceed in a growing global world The United States is lagging behindother developed nations in the realm of education and our stubbornresistance to integrate second languages into our school system is nothelping Though a few states require at least two years of foreignlanguage education it is not sufficient to declare a student bilingualupon graduation Bilingual education is beneficial to all students andshould be implemented in American schools because it would raise ourstandard of education while improving the ability of graduates from theAmerican education system to compete in a global environmentPresently there are no federal regulations in place to make secondlanguage a part of every school district That decision is left up toindividual states and only a handful of states choose to participate Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is calling for change stating thatthe United States is being out educated falling behind manycountries in Europe and Asia where students learn at least one foreignlanguage Edgov Secretary Duncan believes that second language education would bebeneficial in many areas Many of our economic competitors aremultilingual societies and Duncan believes that bilingual educationwould help the United States compete in a global economy We have toeducate our way to a better economy just as our competitors are doingand the key to this is bilingual education Edgov K-12 schools andhigher education institutions must be part of the solution to ournational language gap Edgov Duncan calls for every child tohave a world-class education and today more than ever a world-classeducation requires students to be able to speak and read languages inaddition to English Edgov Countries that are playing an increasingly leading role in worldeconomics such as Finland South Korea Canada
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