Focus on English

Wednesday, November 01, 2006 Dr. Vishaal Bhat 0 Comments

The debate on the importance of English has again started. The Karnataka government has now introduced English in all schools right from Class I. Students in school need to be taught all possible languages at different stages. This doesn’t mean that we are depriving them of their mother tongue, which, in our case, is Hindi.

We take pride in citing China as an example. However, while China is welcoming English for making the 2008 Olympics a grand success, we are depriving our children of reaping the fruits of English.

Outside India, people don’t understand Hindi; English is the universal language. Our children will lose their competitive edge in the global market if we shut our doors to English. Let’s embrace, and not scrap, English.



1 Comment:

Ashish said...

Oh yes. Education needs to be upto the times. It gives a person a good perspective on life, and also prepares him/her for adulthood. Without depriving the child of a mother language, the need is to make sure that the child is able to be comfortable with the most common language in world usage, which is English.

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