Oh, I'm not so sure about that...
Originally Posted by BobK
With China becoming economic superpower, Md. hits the books
The educated elite spoke Greek and Latin throughout much of history. In the 20th century, English became the universal language of business.
Now the world is changing again, and if America wants a strong voice in this new world, then its business people must learn the culture - and the language - of China.
Next hot language to study: Chinese
Chicago schools are leading the way as they try to prepare students for an increasingly globalized world.
Proponents see knowledge of the Chinese language and culture as a leg up in a global economy where China is growing in importance. "This is beginning to bubble up as, 'This is an interesting way to begin to engage with the world's next superpower,' " says Michael Levine, director of education at the Asia Society, which has started five new public high schools that offer Chinese. "Globalization has already changed the arrangements in terms of how children today are going to need to think about their careers.... The question is when, not whether, the schools are going to adjust."
The number of students learning Chinese is tiny compared with how many study Spanish or French. But one report shows that precollegiate enrollment nearly quadrupled between 1992 and 2002, from 6,000 to 24,000.
See Is Chinese the Future of Business?