Letters to the Editor

Languages essential

In spite of the need for foreign languages to be taught in our schools, particularly Spanish, in order for students to compete in the global economy, many still hold fast that in America we must speak “English only.” This way of thinking is not only dangerous for our ability to secure jobs, but also reinforces what multilingual foreigners say about us: A person who speaks three languages is called trilingual; two languages, bilingual; and one language is an American.

Alicia Cubota Smith, Miami Beach