To dream is to soar but it must be done with two feet firmly planted on the ground lest one plummet earthward. Ms Gillard has not said how her dream will be financed. With a litany of financial disasters on file, why would this plan be any different to the NBN, pink bats, BER, live cattle export, etc, etc?
Anna Patty in the SMH writes about Ms Gillard's ambitious dream to infuse Asian languages into our daily lives. Being multi-lingual is a practical pursuit. While Ms Patty highlights the shortage of teachers and other obstacles, completly omitted is COST!
SMH: JUST under 10 per cent of NSW public school students are learning Asian languages - far short of the Prime Minister's ''Asian Century'' target to give every child the opportunity.
Figures from the NSW Department of Education show that of 726,870 public school students in kindergarten to year 12, just 71,343 were learning an Asian language last year.
Julia Gillard says she wants every child to have the opportunity to learn either Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese or Indonesian by 2025 and every school must be linked with a school in Asia.
Only 17 students studied Hindi for the Higher School Certificate exams this year and none were taught at school.