Foreign Language Classes Should be Required for Elementary Students

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There is a rising issue in today’s education system to whether or not we need to require and when the education system should start the second language learning in the school system. Some say that education system should wait until the students have reached high school and others say to start it young. Other school officials have said that they should require it in high school because they’ll remember the language better. Experts say that the education system needs to start it young while the child’s brain is like a sponge. The answer to this question is to simply start the foreign language learning young during their childhood which is why all the state education systems should require a foreign language class during the elementary years …show more content…
As one can see, starting this education at a younger age will allow the student to be better thinkers, which could lead the child to have greater academic achievement.
Another way that it can help the student is to excel in academic achievement. As stated earlier, knowing when and where to use the other language is very critical in developing the brain. Starting the teaching of a second language when the children are young is the deciding factor to whether or not it will benefit them in the long run. Because children’s brains at a young age are like sponges, The World Book Encyclopedia says that little kids have an increase in capacity to learn and talk a different “Language” without much thought (Wearing 62). A study by Clarkson, a behavioral study scientist in 2006 found that children who knew multiple languages “outperformed monolinguals in a series of tests assessing mathematical ability.” What could be the cause of these students doing better in algebra or other math classes? According to Bialystok, a behavioral scientist found “That they [Bilingual children] are better than their monolingual peers at selectively attending to important information and ignoring misleading cues.’ (Lauchlin et. al. 3). This could be that these students are better at paying attention in class and have a better brain capacity to pick out what they should and shouldn’t write down. In conclusion, students who take a
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