Saturday, January 23, 2010

French Nationality Law ...

... applied to the case of Nicolas Sarkozy, by Eolas -- but the discussion is interesting even if you omit the famous object.

Teaching of French Declines in US

French is taught at only 46% of American high schools, compared with 64% as recently as 1997. Instruction in other foreign languages has also declined. The reason, according to the report cited, is No Child Left Behind, which has forced many schools to concentrate their resources elsewhere. After Spanish, French is still the most widely taught foreign language in the US, however.

It's an absurd situation, really. A global power that shirks the responsibility of educating its citizens in the languages and cultures of other countries is headed for a fall.