I support language skills training for youth- but for different reasons than cited in the preamble. Our country has often made grievous mistakes in dealing with other countries whose cultures and values are different than our own. We think that they have the same cultural norms as we do- and that leads us to presuppose our 'approaches' are best for their societies, when in fact, they are not. Early language skills opens channels for meaningful dialogue and understanding. For example, in a casual gathering an exiled Iranian engineer and naturalized citizen was asked: " If you had to choose between your children or your parents, who would you choose? His answer without hesitation, was that he would choose his parents, since he could always have more children. I don't know if that is generally reflective of Iranian culture, but this shocked most of us with Western values of protecting our children first. It is not a 'wrong' view- it is one I do not personally accept (sorry Mom!). I could never have begun understand his views if I were not able to openly speak with him. That is why early language skills are valuable for our youth- particularly in a world that is getting ‘smaller’ and increasingly interdependent.