We have probably 30 million native Spanish-speakers in the United States. Those people are customers/citizens/employees/etc/etc/etc. In some positions, we need to have people who can communicate with this large population subset.
Every hour spent teaching one thing is an hour something else is not taught.
SO... the question is what do you want NOT taught if learning a foreign language is required?
3,000,000 teens drop out of school every year.
Something's wrong with the system. The required standardized testing or else a student cannot advance or graduate - and with schools punished for bad testing results - leads to not only students dropping out seeing no point to continue, but also is huge incentive for schools to tacitly want students doing poorly to dropout so they are not counted in the test results.
Last edited by joko104; 08-28-13 at 08:55 PM.