Parents, educators question Va. district's move to add Italian

01/31/2005 | Washington Post, The

The Arlington, Va., school system's recent decision to add Italian to its foreign language curriculum rather than Arabic or Chinese has caused some frustration among parents and educators. Although most agree that learning any foreign language is beneficial, opponents of adding Italian say major world events during the past decade necessitate a shift away from a Eurocentric approach to language instruction.

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