George Bush has been a bad president, despite honest intentions earlier on. Similarly, we must accept, in the foreign language profession, that grammar/translation instruction doesn’t help us acquire languages. It’s an old idea that has finally exhausted itself, after decades of abject failure. It is done.

Not so long ago, it was politically incorrect to attack Bush and his policies, but now everyone is doing it. So also, in our profession, what was once considered to be professionally incorrect is now, on the part of parents, administrators, teachers and the students they serve, a natural expression  of strong, undeniable change.

The world is changing, in politics, in education, in everything. Now, strong new bursts of powerful energy are being seen all over our nation’s landscape. Teachers who think that they can teach in the way they themselves were once taught are mistaken.


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