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[Susan notes: Good for Steve Krashen for uncovering and revealing this kookiness.]

Submitted to Washington Post but not published

To the editor

In “Mandarin makes inroads in American schools,” (Jan 3), we are told that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering allocating $1.3 billion “to boost classes on Chinese language and culture in public schools.”

Not quite. The proposal, made by Senator Joe Lieberman in May, includes more than Chinese language and culture teaching. According to Sen. Lieberman’s statement in the Congressional Record (May 25, 2005), it also includes, among other things, funding to “increase American consular activity supporting American commercial activity in China.”

Where did Lieberman come up with the 1.3 billion

dollar figure? According to the Congressional Record, it is “ a symbolic gesture for the recent birth of China’s one billion three hundred millionth citizen.”

This is a strange way to do a budget.

Stephen Krashen

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