If a high school should do anything, it should help students to think clearly, communicate effectively, and understand themselves with some degree of maturity. Language is that "yellow brick road" to those goals. It is the means of understanding one another, it is the single basic tool of thought. Obviously, students who are not able to understand more than basic English will have to think and communicate under a severe handicap, which in tum must have adverse effects on self-concept. Students coming out of high schools are proving less and less capable of reading the materials they must understand in order to maintain contributing positions in society.
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