In reply to Barry Paschals Sept. 29 column, Ideas foreign to education:
The Georgia Board of Education is being told what I knew in high school - foreign language is difficult to master when it is introduced to students in high school. High school foreign language typically has been chosen by those students in the college prep track because it is difficult to master.
Foreign language is a necessary tool for Georgia students to be competitive in the job market whether it is on the factory floor or in white collar jobs. It is not just for the elite college-bound. The United States is far behind other countries of our shrinking globe in its education of foreign language.
Lets hope that our state education leaders can agree that foreign language introduction should not begin in high school but should begin in elementary school. An early and continuous education of foreign language is imperative for Georgia students.
Georgia Coalition for Language Learning
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