Academic journal article Journal of Secondary Gifted Education

From the Guest Editor

Academic journal article Journal of Secondary Gifted Education

From the Guest Editor

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T When I was asked to serve as guest editor for a special JSGE issue on foreign language, I accepted immediately because it is clear that this is an area of exceptional educational content that is particularly important in the education of gifted children. To some extent, this has always been the case.

Rigorous language development, in any form, is powerfully beneficial, but the study of foreign language, including classical Latin and Greek, strengthens students' competence in their native language through comparative insights into grammar and vocabulary. It also offers gifted children inherently rigorous, inherently interdisciplinary intellectual content that locates language development in the context of the history, geography, poetry, and literature of another culture.

Today, however, there are new reasons for emphasizing foreign language. Not only is the world increasingly local electronically, but we find ourselves threatened as a nation by menaces we would not have imagined a decade ago. It seems clear that the essentially monolingual comfort of American society must give way to a more sophisticated modern expectation, part of which is that more Americans must be fluent in foreign languages, not only for reasons of commerce and civilization, but for reasons of security. …

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