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Students should learn at least two languages:
1. The dominant language of the country they live in.
2. The language of their home culture.
They need to know the country's dominant language so they can develop marketable skills and contribute to the economy. They need to know their home language because language carries culture with it. Each family has a culture that should be honored and preserved.
If, like my family, your home language is the country's dominant language, then you should learn a second language. It helps develop understanding and tolerance of other cultures.
Language is more than a means to express ideas; it is a way to transmit values, a way to develop higher thinking, and a way to embrace differences and similarities.
I am curious as to why English isn't at the top of the list.
I guess you are asking about secondary languages, but so many children are not English speaking when they come to this country, and many others, born here, are bary literate in the language of the US.
I believe it depends on where you live. Knowing the language that is commonly spoken around the community is a powerful thing for building positive relationships. In California, generally Spanish would be the language to learn although there are urban centers with large populations of other cultures. In San Francisco, I often wish I knew how to speak even a little Mandarin (although Cantonese is more prevalent here).