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Education for Global Leadership: The Importance of International Studies and Foreign Language Education for U.S. Economic and National Security

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Publishers: Committee for Economic Development; Committee for Economic Development Research and Policy Committee

Publication Date: Feb 7, 2006

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Summary/Abstract: This report warns that the U.S. will become less competitive in the global economy because of declining quality foreign language education at the college and high school levels. Additionally, the American public's deficiency in foreign languages and cultures is hampering efforts to counter terrorist threats. Recommendations in Education for Global Leadership Teaching international content across the curriculum and at all levels of learning to expand American students' knowledge of other countries and cultures. Expanding the training pipeline at every level of education to address the paucity of Americans fluent in foreign languages, especially critical, less-commonly taught languages. National leaders -- political leaders as well as the business and philanthropic communities and the media -- should educate the public about the importance of improving education in languages other than English and in international studies.

CED, the Committee for Economic Development is an independent, nonpartisan organization for business and education leaders dedicated to policy research on the major economic and social issues of our time and the implementation of its recommendations by the public and private sectors.