Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Mexico Converting to English

Surprisingly, the contents of this article from the Houston Chronicle did not make much news in the United States as far as I could tell.

Mexico launches effort to teach its students English

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — With its economy increasingly hitched to the United States, Mexico’s government has launched an ambitious plan to teach English to every schoolchild, even those in kindergarten.

Given that one of the common complaints iterated by anti-immigration adherents is that Mexican immigrants can't speak English and don't even try, this should be an interesting development. Does this pressure the U.S. to be bilingual as well, or does it take pressure off, now that our largest neighbor is determined to make English speaking skills more common?

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