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English learners an asset for global, multilingual future: Arne Duncan and Libia Gil

from Los Angeles Daily News

Over the last several days, 230 American men and women competed against and socialized with athletes from 87 other nations at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Olympics are not only a test of individuals' athletic prowess, but also a test of nations' good will, collaboration and diplomacy — and ability to find a common language. As the late Nelson Mandela said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." To provide our children an excellent education, and to keep America competitive economically, we would do well to heed his words. more


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