Having children learn and be fluent in a second language by 2030 would be a major accomplishment and hopefully encourage other school systems in the U.S. to make similar plans. Let’s support this effort! Here’s the story from boston.com, June 25, 2012:
Officials from Rhode Island government, business and education have come up with a plan designed to better educate kids in foreign languages.
The Rhode Island Roadmap to Language Excellence has a goal of making sure young people entering the workforce are fluent in two languages by 2030.
The Providence Journal reports ( http://bit.ly/LmnNSK) the plan calls for pilot language programs in up to five school districts in the fall. It would have all the state’s districts involved by 2016.
The plan’s authors eventually would like to see an immersion-style program in which half a child’s academics would be given in a language other than English.
The roadmap came out of a summit hosted by the University of Rhode Island last December on the growing need for workers fluent in foreign languages.