We must support language education
As the Editorial Board noted in “Reverse the decline in language education“ (July 13), strengthening language education is critical to maintaining our position in the world economy because it equips America’s students to compete on the global stage. It is also a national security imperative: A recent report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, commissioned by me and three other members of Congress, confirmed that language and cultural inadequacies in our military and intelligence communities weaken our capacity to further American interests abroad.
Last February, with this in mind, I introduced the World Language Advancement and Readiness Act (H.R. 1239) to create and support high-quality world language programs in elementary and secondary schools. The bill would authorize three-year competitive grants to support local and state school districts that plan to establish improve, or expand innovative programs in world language learning. This legislation would also incentivize the creation of professional development programs for world language teachers.
International education and foreign language advocacy groups have expressed their support for my legislation, and the bill already has cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. Shoring up language education is a vital investment in our nation’s education, national security and economic competitiveness. I will continue to fight for this critical priority over the coming months by promoting H.R. 1239 and relevant expenditures on the House Appropriations Committee.
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U.S. Rep. David Price
Contrary to common belief, something positive has emerged from the current administration. Though Trump himself would not admit it, he has made a significant contribution toward Americans’ understanding that governing is difficult, frustrating, and requires the best minds with the most experience.
Throughout his campaign Trump insisted that health care, and every other complex issue the government addresses is incredibly easy and that he could provide the solutions. As it turns out, he does not have the intellect or the disposition to tackle a subject and lead on any issue important to America. That helps explain why no non-trivial legislation has been signed since Jan. 20, 2016, and clarifies why he is babbling about non-existent domestic voter fraud while ignoring proven Russian interference in last November’s election.
As it turns out, not knowing what you don’t know is a crippling handicap if you are trying to run a country or a nursery or a laundromat. His whiney baby interpretation of leadership does not appear to be serving him – or anyone else – well.
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