Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

In a global economy, Mass. lags in teaching foreign languages

“As Massachusetts tries to elevate its education system to be among the best in the world so that it can compete more aggressively in a global economy, it is falling woefully behind one of the reddest states in offering students the opportunity to become multilingual, a critical job skill for the 21st century.

Only about three dozen Massachusetts schools offer dual- language programs, in such urban districts as Boston, Cambridge, and Worcester.

Meanwhile, a growing body of research is showing that bilingual students can more quickly recall information and solve problems, potentially reshaping the course of their cognitive development.”

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Languages do matter!


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