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Patrick, what makes you think that a person who speaks English poorly is going to do well in a foreign language? If anything, I would think that they would be prone to making more mistakes, not less.

As for requiring another language to graduate high school, forget it. Most of our children are having a hard time with the basics. It still amazes me that today, in order to graduate, one needs only an 8th or 9th grade proficiency as far as English goes. This is abyssmal.

One good thing, though, is that we don't push our children to extremes to succeed like they do in Japan. They actually have a high number of suicides over there because the pressure to succeed is so great.

One thing that may need to be done, much to the dislike of school children, is to make school a 12 month affair rather than 8 months. The original idea of only going to school for the shorter period of time was born out of an agricultural society when children were needed at home in the summer months to help with stuff around the farm.
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