Report: China Lags Behind US in English Skills

August 5, 2010 11:07 pm
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Report: China Lags Behind US in English Skills

BEIJING, CHINA—Despite desperate measures taken by the United States to improve proficiency in reading and writing, a recent Pew study has revealed that much of China is failing to keep up with US standards in English.

“These kids are performing at almost two to five years behind their expected grade level,” said Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education.  “We see constant childish errors like messing up ‘there’ and ‘their’ dropping prepositions, and slipping in and out of other languages. It’s almost as if these kids don’t speak our language.”

This issue has recently become a national concern as parents around the United States worry that if Chinese students don’t improve their English skills, American children may be forced to learn another language.

“I’m not ready for that kind of culture shift,” said mother Hillary Dessin of Scarsdale, New York. “I only want my kids to speak one language, and that’s American.”