California’s AB2446, the bill that would effectively eliminate California’s arts and foreign language high school graduation requirement, remains on the Governor’s desk. But we’re continuing our investigation into its potentially disastrous effect.
Currently, nearly 50% of California high school students take a foreign language. That’s nearly a million students–and a 10% increase in just the last seven years. These students are taking world-expanding courses in French, German, Latin, Spanish, and even Japanese. And for good reason. Studies show that foreign language-taking improves students’ cognitive skills and performance across the subject areas. It even boosts their SAT scores. Not to mention that foreign language is an admissions requirement for any University of California or California State University school. In this age of concern for “college and career readiness” does it make sense for California to drop a key requirement that prepares students for college?
Stephanie Porowski and Skye Frontier