There was a time in society where being multilingual was a commonly held practice. What happened? I can't understand the "threat" many Americans feel is being placed on English as our main language. English is rapidly taking over the world. It's doing quite fine on its own.
Because our language is taking precedence, an excuse is being created to neglect the other languages. Learning another one should not be a burden. Schools throughout Utah are demonstrating mediocre foreign language programs. They do introduce basic vocabulary and some conjugation but they never reach true fluency. Why can't these programs actually create fluent speakers?
Speaking another language should be considered an intellectual goal. It should be something society holds in high esteem.