Barack Obama: Please Raise Your Children Bilingually!

by Corey · 5 comments

Although we know that raising our children in more than one language is the right (and best!) thing we can do, it sure feels good to have a president who publicly encourages bilingualism! The following is from the 2008 campaign trail, even before Barack became president.

Here is Barack Obama speaking Indonesian:

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1 Maria May 18, 2010 at 5:58 am

The President is so right! I am a Spanish and French teacher myself and a week ago we had some French students visiting our school. They all spoke three languages! My students on the other hand, have Spanish as an elective… they are required to take two years of Spanish or French in High school and that’s it. There is no foreign language in elementary!!!
I sometimes can’t believe that I live in the USA!! Our country is way behind in terms of bilingualism. Sad, sad, sad.


2 Colleen Trimble May 19, 2010 at 2:06 am

Yet another reason to like Obama! I think bilingualism needs all the positive support it can get.


3 Melanie May 20, 2010 at 8:19 am

It’s so encouraging to see top officials encouraging bilingualism!!


4 Corey May 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Maria, Colleen and Melanie – thank you for your comments! Yes, it is amazing that this country is so behind when it comes to language acquisition! I was so excited to see that video of Obama and was surprised I hadn’t seen it before. Whether things will change in this country with respect to language now that Obama is in office is still to be seen but knowing that he speaks out in favor of bilingualism is just so darn fabulous! Thank you three for sharing!!


5 leticia May 24, 2010 at 9:09 am

I agree with him! Immigrants will learn English no matter what, but we, the fellow citizens of the US, have to make sure that our children learn the second language. It’s for our children’s advantage as well, and it has to start from K-5 level, not in high school or college.


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