Depending on what’s your native language and what plans you have for the future, it might be very useful to know at least one more language. It broadens your opportunities, it gives you more freedom in communication and makes you feel more confident and free in a dialog with people from other parts of the world. And given the modern life model, where we can freely travel and work beyond the borders of our countries, a second language could be the key to a better job, to making new relationships or even finding a life partner.
I entirely agree that children in school should be offered the possibility of learning a second language. It’s the childhood when the languages can be easier assimilated and memorized, as with age, our brains become more reticent to learning new things.
The main reason why I support this opinion is because the schools have to give to their pupils some aptitudes that will help them through life and a second language will become a very big benefit in time, after they graduate and start looking for new jobs or thinking of travelling abroad. As we come from a country whose language isn’t of international use, I think a second language is more than welcomed in schools. Some parents even choose schools for their children with more than one foreign language in programs so that they assimilate as much as possible of new cultures and increase their chances of getting good jobs after they graduate.
Another strong argument for keeping a second language in schools is because of the inevitable future travelling. We live in a world where only a few hours of flight separate us from complete new cultures and civilizations and in these cases it is crucial you have some communicational skills. As far as I know, English is considered to be an international language of use in Europe, both Americas and other places on the earth. Meanwhile, English is not so popular in some parts of the world like China, as there 1 billion people speak Chinese. Arabian countries, also do not consider the English too much of an international mean of communication and African countries tend to use more French because of their past history. Nowadays pupils will be tomorrow’s travellers so probably they will thank later their teachers for giving them the freedom to be understood.
A second language learned also makes you closer to the culture and the customs of the countries where it is used. You learn new and interesting things about their past and that makes you feel more confident and intelligent.
From my own experience I can say that back in schools it seemed quite hard and useless to learn English, but later, when I understood the need of knowing more than one language, I became very gratefully to my parents and my teachers, which obviously made a very good decision for my future.