probably because spanish has the second most native speakers in the world, and latin america is of ever growing importance (english is the second most spoken, but not as a first language). mandarin is the most widely spoken, and it would be absolutely wonderful if they were to have immersion classes in mandarin. however, it is probably a little harder to find someone with the right teaching credentials to teach school and is fluent in both languages (government regulations working against each other there??)
as of now, students are going to primary and secondary schools in which many of them are preparing for a four year college education. unfortunately, they attend school, go on to college, graduate in debt, only to find that what they have been told to do is not what is needed in today's economy. teaching languages along with specific skills will help our children become more competitive in today's world economy. this class is a start, and we need more.
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