Caught in the grips of linguistic paranoia

“Is Obama wrong to point out the obvious, that when future generations’ knowledge of other languages is restricted, so is the prospective well-being of our nation? The Quality of Life Index, published by The Economist in 2005, showed that the five countries with the highest standard of living were Ireland, Switzerland, Norway, Luxembourg, and Sweden. Aside from having a European address, all of these countries have one key thing in common – they promote multilingualism.” (Boston Globe op-ed)