Deseret News
Letter to the editor

Would it be beneficial to learn a foreign language? Of course it would. But is it really necessary to require a foreign language course be taken in public school curriculum in America? The answer is no.

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One main reason for why public schools shouldn’t require students to take a foreign language course is because it often proves to be a waste of time. There’s no guarantee that the language will “stick,” and it tends to take up time from other, usually more important, courses students could be taking instead.

There are also many unqualified teachers who are currently teaching foreign language courses. This is undoubtedly due to the fact that it’s more expensive to hire qualified teachers for the task, and then additional resources must also be purchased. Many art programs in schools are already being cut due to cost, so it wouldn’t make sense to require a foreign language course on top of that.

Maren Anderson

St. George