Foreign language education should be required in elementary school
Learning about other cultures, conducting business, interacting with diverse communities are all possible through one gateway: language. Language is at the root of all human interaction as it allows us to communicate with people who are similar and different from us.
Offering foreign language classes in schools is a way to open students’ minds to different cultures and prepare them for a future in an international and hyper-connected world.
European countries are some of the leaders in foreign language education. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 92 percent of European students are studying at least one foreign language. Most European countries require students to study one or two languages at some point during a student’s education, either during the American equivalent of elementary school, junior high, or high school.