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The Liberty Times Editorial: The fundamentals of education

Granted that their fluency in various languages was a product of time and environment, the younger generation today are hardly capable of understanding their mother tongue and their English proficiency also lags behind other nations.

Today, most of the younger generation are only able to communicate and understand the outside world through Mandarin. In the Internet age, the ability to use an additional language brings an extra edge, as well as respect for and an understanding of other cultures.

The younger generation’s general language competency, which has regressed rather than advanced, is not beneficial to long-term national development.

Education is a fundamental task that will be crucial for generations to come, as it plays a pivotal role in a nation’s social, cultural and economic development. The result will be compared not only with previous generations, but also horizontally, with other countries. Come hell or high water, education must be successful, because if it is not, there will be a heavy price to pay.

The public should also remember that the result of education cannot be attributed only to the responsibilities of government education departments. When the outcome is unsatisfactory, the government, politicians, the media, family and society as a whole should all bear the responsibility.

Even though the current educational system is far from ideal, Taiwan does not have the right to be pessimistic. Confronting problems with a pragmatic attitude and full implementation of corresponding measures are our only options.

Translated by Chang Ho-ming

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