Source: Pew Research
Language requirements at U.S. schools vary from state to state and school district to district, making language requirements vary vastly across the country.
A new study found that students in European countries are meanwhile mostly learning second and third languages by high school and more throughout college. In contrast, U.S. students are not learning foreign languages at such high rates. For example, in European countries such as Belgium (which has the “lowest” percentage of students learning a foreign language) the percentage of students learning a foreign language is still at 64 percent.
Only about 20 percent of K-12 students in the United States are learning a foreign language, according to a study by American Councils for International Education. At least 16 states do not have foreign language requirements for students graduating from high school.
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