Paula, Professor Pocket and Raising a bilingual baby

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The importance of bilingual education… September 22, 2008

Filed under: Bilingual,Uncategorized — Paula G, Professor Pocket and My Pregnancy @ 10:19 pm
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So, first and foremost,  this post is in no way a political statement, I am staying neutral on my blog about that. But, I found this article online and thought it was interesting and worth sharing.

With our company Professor Pocket, Nathalie and I are focusing on getting children interested in learning a second language at an early age when they are most likely to absorb the new language.  In addition to capturing kids’ attention, we are also trying to get parents to understand how critical it is for their children to be bilingual or even multi-lingual on a larger scale and in a bigger picture. I think this article captures that.  It goes beyond all the cognitive benefits of learning a second language (ie. children who are exposed to multiple languages often show superior problem solving and math skills, increased overall school performance, and better cross-cultural understanding) and extends to benefits that will affect your child for the rest of his/her life.

The US is so far behind in bilingual education and quite frankly it’s an embarrassment given that we are considered a leader in our global community. I think I have mentioned this before but in my travels through Europe and even South America, most people you meet will at a minimum speak their native language as well as English. Language education is not and should not be considered an extra curricular activity, it should be part of the core curriculum in our schools.

There is no denying that our worlds are shrinking and everything has become globalized. Future careers and jobs for our children will most likely require multiple language skills given the increased global economic environment we are seeing. I am happy to see conversations on the topic starting not only in the education sector but also in the political sector. So for all you parents out there who understand the importance… Professor Pocket is giving you a leg up and helping your children start the learning process early on and in a way that they will find fun and engaging!


One Response to “The importance of bilingual education…”

  1. Nathalie Says:

    Nice post, P!

    When we first ventured into this business, I didn’t expect foreign language education to be as controversial a topic as it is. I think the thing that bothers me the most is when people tell me “Why bother since everyone knows English anyway?” In my opinion, that’s no different than saying why teach kids math since we all have calculators and computers.

    So why personally do Carlos and I teach our children Spanish? Not because it makes them smarter (which it does coincidentally). Not because it will give them a competitive advantage in the job market when they’re older (true too). Not even because Hispanics will comprise the majority of the US population 100 years from now.

    Carlos and I are teaching Louis and Sophie Spanish because it is an important part of their heritage. We are teaching them Spanish now because it’s easier to learn a new language when you’re young, during the “linguistic genius” years. Finally, we’re teaching them Spanish because communication is the very core of society and learning other languages shows respect and open-mindedness for the greater world around us.

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