NSA, Pentagon Using Elementary Schools To Train Future Federal Agents
by Joe Wolverton, II
children may be learning to be more than just bilingual at their
elementary schools language immersion program. Since 2006
the federal government has spent millions to turn elementary schools
around the country into training centers for future government intelligence
President George W. Bush announced the National Security Language
Initiative (NSLI), a public school program to be coordinated
by the State Department, the Department of Defense, the Department
of Education, and the Director of National Intelligence.
A part of the
larger National Security Education Program (NSEP), a
Pentagon budget projection for Fiscal Year 2012 explained the
purpose of the program was to provide a cadre of highly qualified
candidates for employment in the national security community.
Teaching less commonly taught languages to the nations
children will guarantee a steady flow of qualified language
proficient candidates to the Federal sector.
Senate hearing on the program in May, Senator Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii)
cited studies indicating that teaching children languages in elementary
school makes them more proficient speakers as adults. Akaka is the
chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management,
the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia and he said
Our national and economic security is closely linked to how
well our schools prepare students to succeed in a global environment.
to twelfth grade, Washington is sending money to local school districts
to help pay for the teachers and resources necessary to create these
classes. Lily Bueno is one of the teachers hired with NSLI money.
Bueno will begin teaching Portuguese at Lakeview Elementary School
in Provo, Utah. According to an
article in the (Provo) Daily Herald,the U.S. government
has deemed Portuguese a critical, strategic language to know for
the future. Utah received a $124,000 grant from the federal
government, $10,000 of which will fund a student training
camp to be held in the Lakeview district.
starts next week, 54 first-grade students will begin their 12-year
federally funded language training program. In Gig
Harbor, Washington, local high school junior John Adams will
travel to China to study Chinese thanks to an NSLI scholarship.
schools are pleased to receive the money to support foreign language
departments threatened by budget cuts. The problem with the NSLI,
however, is that it is another step toward absolute federal control
of local education standards and practices.
aspect of the NSLI is the indoctrination that is the byproduct of
education managed by Washington. While most parents encourage their
children to study foreign language, many would balk at having the
federal government manage and monitor such instruction.
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