A word of caution

about bilingualism

OPINION: When my kids were starting secondary school and could choose some of their subjects, I suggested two proficiencies would be of great value in their future working life.

One was an ability to speak Māori and the other was being able to play the guitar. It seemed to me those skills would help greatly in whatever field they chose.

That was 15 years ago and it didn't take a crystal ball to see the direction the country was heading in. The advice I was dispensing was, of course, mainly cynical, based on a belief that a country needing to import so much of its skills and labour should not put so much store in those abilities.

Link to article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/122811208/a-word-of-caution-about-bilingualism


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