One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.
- Frank Smith
Being bilingual aides in:
Better critical thinking and problem solving skills
Greater cultural awareness and acceptance
Better multi-tasking skills
The Spanish language has been, and will continue to be of great importance to the United States. Due to it’s historical significance and the demographic of people living in the US speaking Spanish, the language along with English, form part of the linguistic makeup of many Americans. Therefore, it is important to note the importance of learning Spanish in school.
Rolstad et al (2005) synthesized the empirical literature since 1985 and found that bilingual education programs are more effective in promoting academic achievement than are all English approaches.
According to this article by the Nanduti project:
Americans who are fluent in more than one language can enhance America’s economic competitiveness abroad, maintain its political and security interests, and work to promote an understanding of cultural diversity within the United States. For example, international trade specialists, overseas media correspondents, diplomats, airline employees, and national security personnel need to be familiar with other languages and cultures to do their jobs well. Teachers, healthcare providers, customer service representatives, and law enforcement personnel also serve their constituencies more effectively when they can reach across languages and cultures. Developing the language abilities of the students now in school will improve the effectiveness of the work force later.” (Benefits of Being Bilingual by Kathleen M. Marcos)