SHORT TAKES: Schools step up with global skills

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:15 am on Monday, April 16, 2012

Here’s a big thumbs-up to Greenville Public Schools for their Chinese language programs to begin this fall.
In today’s world, the ability to speak and understand languages other than our native English is imperative. While Americans still argue over whether students should be required to speak English in our public schools, we have been slow to require reciprocating foreign language skills beginning in elementary grades.
In a society that talks a lot about creating jobs and job opportunities, it’s great to see our local schools recognize the emerging requisite skills in a global economy.

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Petitions circulated to recall our governor, as well as petitions to make changes to the state’s constitution on this fall’s election ballot are attempts to circumvent the decisions of a duly elected government.
We grant that their decisions are always onerous to some of the electorate, but they are more often in the best interest of most citizens. They are attempting to pull Michigan out of a downward fiscal spiral. But these recall and referendum petitions are about specific special interests, and a struggle with public payroll entitlements we cannot afford, municipalities and school systems going bankrupt for the same reasons, and entrenched interests determined to hold the status quo.
Ultimately, it will not matter how many petitions disrupt the normal elective process: Detroit’s fiscal problems are truly our own … if you can’t afford to pay your bills, someone else will make the decisions for you.

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Mark it on your calendar: Belding’s 16th Community Showcase is coming up Thursday. It’s about Belding and what Belding’s business and community groups have for you. Connect with the community.
There’ll be plenty of food and fun, and you will find it all at Belding High School from 5 to 8 p.m.

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