Obama says nation's kids should be bilingual

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    Que? Obama says nation's kids should be bilingual
    The Washington Times ^ | July 8, 2008

    Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 10:19:58 PM by 2ndDivisionVet

    In an under-covered moment I only caught by streaming the event online, Sen. Barack Obama told voters today in Powder Springs, Georgia, they should not be worried about making the United States an "English-only" country.

    He said he agrees immigrants should learn English, but felt the concern should be more about global competitiveness.

    "Instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English, because they will learn English, you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish," he said. "We should have every child speaking more than one language."

    For comic effect, he added, "It's embarrassing when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German. And then we go over to Europe and all we can say is 'Merci beaucoup.'"

    He said a foreign language is a "powerful tool" to becoming more employable in the global economy and said children learn languages easier than adults.
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    This guy is scary. He is more interested in our kids learning Spanish than immigrants learning the language our constitution was written in....
     
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    Link?
     
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    Can't access it right now but go to youtube and watch the video.

    This might be it. youtube.com/watch?v=BZprtPat1Vk
     
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    No reason not to have children speaking multiple languages. Other countries do this all the time. The smarter the kids are, and the more educated, the better off they'll be.
     
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    I think he is right about that. It's is always a benefit to speak a foreign language.
     
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    Why should I have to learn another language to live here in the US? Why not be more focused on teaching people moving here to teach english instead of teaching us citizens to learn another language to adapt to the immigrants? Seems like common sense to me.
     
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    This guy is scary. He is more interested in our kids learning Spanish than immigrants learning the language our constitution was written in....

    Your editorializing is obviously untrue.

    That's two things I like about Obama now.
     
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    What's untrue?
     
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    He did say you should HAVE to. I think he's just pointing out that it is smart in today's world, and I think he is correct.
     
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    I agree, learning another language might be beneficial for our kids if they ever do business in another county 20-30 years into the future... but he is saying don't worry about immigrants learning english and worry more about your kids learning spanish.... That's crazy!
     

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