It's easier to learn a foreign language when we're younger and bi or multi-lingualism is a very useful skill for work in today's global economy. It would appear that England agrees and British Ministers are putting forth a new government plan to make foreign language learning compulsory for all school children age 7 and above. The plan includes the introduction of foreign languages such as French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Latin and Greek for all children.
Ana L. Flores, co-founder of SpanglishBaby, agrees and laments the "the lack of vital 21st-century skills that are actively being taught" in the US public school system. Read her full article here.