In this day and age, learning at least one other language besides English should be a requirement for all high school graduates! The global dynamics are making it an absolute necessity! We can no longer stick our heads in the sand and demand everyone else in the world conform to our way of doing things if we want to compete effectively in the world. Besides which, increasing young folks knowledge of other countries’ languages and customs can broaden our perceptions overall as a people to the fact that we are only a small portion of the world, and if we intend to remain the one country where the experiment of democracy continues to function we need to foster understanding among our people for our leadership role in the world. Good leadership requires empathy and understanding, as well as strength and a strong market!