Tracy Jan: Along with ABCs, some learn Chinese

From the Boston Globe:

Chinese, a language most school systems don’t offer until high school, if at all, is becoming popular in elementary classrooms around Greater Boston, as well as elsewhere in the nation. Spanish still reigns as the most popular language, but parents and lawmakers hope that Chinese soon will become commonly taught. School systems are starting the lessons with the youngest students in hope they learn the language well enough to compete in the new world economy, as China becomes an economic and political superpower…

“China just is going to be a future power,” said Marie Doyle, Carlisle superintendent. “It behooves us to make sure the children are really studying the culture, the customs, and the language. The more they know, the more successful they will be in the business world.”

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