Friday College Town Hall

In Friday College Town Hall, we post a question about college, and you leave an answer in comment field.

Today’s question:

The number of school-age children (age 5-17) who speak a language other than English at home was nearly 21% in recent polls.

Should more schools support bilingual education?

Why?

Can you speak in another language?

Have a thought or an answer? Leave a reply below.

We’ve also asked our @Cappex Twitter followers to chime in! Here’s what people are saying on Twitter:

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  1. Cricket Garancosky says:

    I think we should support bi-lingual education. It not only teaches people another language, but opens the door to other cultures and helps people cope with ethnocentrism. I am working on learning more than one language but at my age (college) it is a lot harder than if I would have started earlier. Just because almost everyone speaks English is not a good arguement. Everyone else can always join into our conversations, but we can never be a part of theirs. I think language and the arts are just as important as academia and sports, but people don’t give those three a balence. We need a balenced education to be better people.

  2. Bailey says:

    I honestly find it ridiculous that this is Still a question of debate. No matter where you are in america right now take a look at the signs, poster, billboards, and advertisements that we see on a regular basis. Chances are, right beneath the english is spanish. We already incorporate both languages into our day lives. So why in the world wouldnt we do just that in our schools? Study after study has consistently shown that the younger you are, the easier it is for a person to learn another language. Almost all high schools (and definately all universities) demand at least two years of a foreign language. By the time a person is in high school or college their ability to grasp a different language has greatly decreased. If you are an adult in the workplace trying to learn a second language your chances are sadly slim to none for complete mastery. Now im not saying that adults are incapable of learning new languages, but the fact of the matter is that it has become that much more difficult for them. By allowing bilingual learning in our public schools, we would be removing this difficulty and help people stop wasting so much of their time trying to grasp a new language when their brain has passed its prime for such activity.

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