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February 7, 2013
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  • Should all U.S. military officers be bilingual?
    The Defense Department needs to do more to help U.S. military officers learn a second language and become more culturally responsive, says Adm. James Stavridis, head of the U.S. European Command. He proposes several initiatives to help reach this goal, including making bilingualism a basic requirement for officers, creating a career path for foreign affairs officers and expanding the number of officers knowledgeable about specific regions. Stars and Stripes (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mass. school immersion program aims to create global citizens
    Milford Catholic Elementary School in Massachusetts will start a new bilingual education initiative for kindergartners this fall. The school is launching the curriculum through a program affiliated with the National Catholic Educational Association and Boston College. Students will start speaking Spanish 90% of the day, and the school will introduce more English into the school day each subsequent year. "At this age, children are like sponges," school board member Annette Smith said. "When they learn a language at a younger age they are more likely to become fluent." Milford Daily News (Mass.) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Program widens access for science, technology education in Arabic
    A joint initiative between the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization and the U.S. State Department will make educational resources available online in Arabic. The Open Book Project, one of Hillary Clinton's final initiatives before she steps down as secretary of state, will focus mainly on science and technology materials. "Our hope is to lower geographic, economic and even gender-based barriers to learning," Clinton said at the project's launch. Nature (free content) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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