posted on Oct, 30 2012 @ 04:22 PM
reply to post by hp1229
I just jumped at the chance to pop my two-cents into the social machine for a quick play...
But the '4' languages they offer have been 'fundamental' secondary subjects for Aussie kids for decades.
I started learning Indonesian at 10 in a state school in Victoria and when we hit High School at 12 we could continue it with massive opportunity to
study overseas, not for 'their' language but to teach them ours (english)!
Considering the amount of aid we offer these neighbours of ours it could go without saying that its important to know a little local lingo for mutual
Im 28 now and chose to change my LOTE subject (languages other than english) to german at year 7 and discontinued study at year 10. Either of these
would have given me scope to travel abroad with 'education' as the excuse. Now I can I barely remember any of it and given my current city
(Melbourne), it would have been better if I could have learnt Arabic or Sudanese!
- education is a notional concept, ignorance is not...