The fact that it is easier for children to learn a second language (or third, or fourth, etc.) earlier in life is well known at this point. Only 25% of elementary schools even OFFERED foreign language instruction in 2008, but there is increasing support for more comprehensive foreign language instruction and education in K-12 schools.
“People who speak a foreign language tend to make more money. Something like 3 percent on average regardless of the field…”
If you knew you could have essentially a three percent raise regardless of what career path you took, would you have signed up for it? Would you sign your children up for it?
In a society that is increasingly diverse, and with the economy becoming increasingly global, the ability to communicate in more than just English can only be considered a positive.