I normally wouldn’t tackle political issues in this blog, but I really feel this needs to be said.
So Fairfax County schools are receiving more than $188K to expland their Arabic and Chinese classes. Apparently the government wants more kids learning these languages, as we’ll eventually need more trained workers in the upcoming years.
Obviously kids in Fairfax county have a greater access to international affairs, living just outside of our nation’s capital. Diplomats live next door, and the diplomat’s kids go to their schools or private schools in the area.
But what about kids in other areas of the country. Say kids who would love to have such opportunities, and aren’t already a part of the blueblood diplomatic/governmental community. I know growing up in PA, I would have wanted to be taught Russian in high school. I begged the science teacher who was a native Russian to teach it, but he consistently declined.
Some would argue that this is yet another example of using education to reinforce currently social stratification. Is the federal government pumping the same money into poorer areas, where kids may already be bilingual and pick up Chinese or Arabic a lot quicker than kids who don’t already speak a second language?
Or are those kids going to have the uphill battle to get there–if they even realize it is possible? I hope they will consider opening this program up to other areas of the country, as the talent is there. Sure they may not be a blueblood, but that doesn’t make them any less capable or deserving.