Foreign language instruction is considered more important than ever as the nation's demographics and national security issues change and the world's economies become intertwined.
Equally important is that we expose kids to learning languages at an early age:
"The kids getting it for 30 minutes won't become fluent, but that's not the point of those programs," said Julie Sugarman, research associate at the nonprofit Center for Applied Linguistics in the District. "It's to give them exposure to the language. Just because kids aren't able to do calculus in sixth grade doesn't mean we shouldn't teach math in elementary school."