Education: Unused Languages

About 45% of men and women who studied modern languages in college have read no French since graduation; 57% have read no German; and 49% have read no Spanish. This the U. S. Bureau of Education learned last week from 20,000 questionnaires sent out on the subject. Apparently that means that more than half the students study modern languages as an academic chore and make no use of them (except on European jamborees) after they get their degrees.

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