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Attention to Teaching Foreign Languages, Cultural Understanding Urged

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Because of the intense focus of the federal No Child Left Behind Act on reading and mathematics, some schools around the country have reduced the number of foreign-language courses offered or stopped teaching foreign languages altogether, says a report by the Washington-based Committee for Economic Development, a nonpartisan policy-research group made up of business and education leaders.

The report compiles information from a number of sources to make the case that to stay competitive in the global economy, schools in the United States need to do a better job of teaching cross-cultural understanding and foreign languages.

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