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Published: Tuesday, July 31 2012 5:00 p.m. MDT

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George Spelvin

Great programs for Americans, especially in Utah where so many languages and cultures thrive. Also see Granite School District's YouTube channel and search for "immersion."

Holladay, UT

Unfortunately, promoting Chinese is the antithesis of spreading cultural and linguistic diversity; China is still busy erasing its own language diversity, and would be perfectly happy to supply the whole world with a new second language. Language dominance is a long-established tactic of Communist assimilation on home soil; hence, the millions in Confucius Institute grants for Mandarin programs everywhere, to help the world's, and America's, and Utah's kids (thanks, Jon Hunstman!) learn how to keep their heads respectfully bowed toward Bei Jing, under the guise of exposure to an "important" foreign culture, economy, and political philosophy that just so happen to answer to one-party rule. Meanwhile, kids in Hong Kong are launching historic protests to keep Bei Jing's mind-control out of their textbooks. If you're stuck on China but want your kids to remain psychologically healthy, you might encourage them to study minority Cantonese instead, a language and culture of dissent from Communism... or any of a hundred other languages without Borg-like overtones.

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