Mexico wants its kids speaking English as well as Spanish within 20 years

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Rebecca Blackwell/AP

3/15/2017 The Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — President Trump may want to wall off America’s southern neighbor, but Mexico is still happy to talk.

With an eye to making its population more competitive in the global economy, Mexico is pushing ambitious new plans to have all of its students speaking English as well as Spanish within two decades.

Mexican Education Secretary Aurelio Nuño said Monday night that he expects that every school could have an English teacher in 10 years and then wishes to pursue a longer-term goal to have all teachers fluent in English and Spanish. English classes would be provided for students from elementary through high school under the new plan.

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