Colleges must prioritize foreign languages
In 1979, the President's Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies used some very powerful words in characterizing America's insufficient understanding of global affairs. "Americans' incompetence in foreign languages is nothing short of scandalous," the commission concluded, adding that "the United States requires far more reliable capacities to communicate with its allies, analyze the behavior of potential adversaries and earn the trust and the sympathies of the uncommitted."
Originally published: April 8, 2019
Author: Michael A. McRobbie
Institution: Indiana University
Published by: Education Dive