Re: Students may be required to take Spanish
I've met people who grew up in bilingual homes. They really do have a special grasp of both languages, so what's the difference between that and learning it early in school? Many virtuosi begin the piano or violin as soon as they can hold their little hands steady.
And quite frankly, I'm dismayed at the flagging scholastic standards in the US today. Compared with the continental nations we run a weak third; just because were are physically isolated from the rest of the world should not mean that we neglect our knowledge of it.