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When you add up the amount of time kids spend learning languages in school wouldn't you expect your average 14 year old to be able to hold a simple conversation in at least one foreign language. There's got to be something wrong with the way kids learn languages in this country - my daughter does pretty well academically but if she had such a limited grasp of any other subject I'd be looking at moving her to another school - the teacher assures me she is doing OK in French so it must be that the whole year has learnt naff all.
And what is the point in music lessons - I'm all for learning an instrument but has anybody ever learnt anything in a school music lesson ?