Kindergardeners’ language learning and national security

The AP (via EdWeek) reports on the

National Security Language Initiative, introduced by President Bush in 2006 to teach the youngest students Chinese and other foreign languages considered critical to the nation’s future security.

“We’re going to teach our kids how to speak important languages,” he said. One goal, he added, was “to advance America’s interests around the world, and defeat this notion about our – you know our bullying concept of freedom by letting people see what we’re about.”

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