My grandson is in a mainly Chinese-speaking preschool, which of course thrills me, and there are more and more such schools springing up what with the growing prominence of China. The NY Times says:
While language fads come and go — there was Russian during the cold war, then Japanese in the 1980’s, then Arabic after 9/11 — thousands of public schools have stopped teaching foreign languages in the last decade. Is the boom in Chinese language education going to last?
To discuss this, they have contributions from Susan Jacoby, Ingrid Pufahl (Center for Applied Linguistics), Marcelo and Carola Suárez-Orozco, Norman Matloff, Hongyin Tao (professor of Chinese language and linguistics), and Bruce Fuller. (Thanks, Bonnie!)