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However, this English obsession is not without reason. According to a 2013 report, individuals who are fluent in English earn 34 percent more than those who do not. English is necessary in today’s globalized workforce, but language acquisition should be accumulative, not subtractive. Research shows that high knowledge of the mother tongue facilitates second language learning and results in better academic achievement. Instead of hindering children’s ability to learn English later, it establishes a lifelong linguistic and cultural basis for them.

As more and more people turn to English, it is our responsibility to preserve our mother tongues and teach them to future generations. With them, we transmit our culture, tradition and history, which the growing cultural homogenization threatens to deprive them of. So accept multilingualism, whether it means returning to your childhood language or learning your parents ’mother tongue. If we don’t, who will?

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“Madagascar: Earth”
Author: Soa Andriamananjara, 15, Holton Arms School, Bethesda, Md.

To the average American, “Madagascar is a fun, animated film that tells the story of four animals from the New York Zoo who stumbled upon the African island of Madagascar. For all the fun, the film provides, “Madagascar fails to awaken awareness of his eponymous island. “Madagascar is a Western narrative pushing the Malagasy jungle against the Western cultural center, New York, emphasizing the idea that African countries lack civilization and modernity.

The film depiction of the people of Madagascar emphasizes this stereotype; the film just doesn’t show people. The only sign of humanity is the wreckage of a plane in the middle of the island, which confirms the idea that only animals live there, even though Madagascar has a population of 22 million.

The West is advancing on its stereotypes about Madagascar. While the film grossed $ 556 million, Madagascar has $ 359 million in foreign direct investment. While the actors of the film earn millions of dollars, the gross domestic product of Madagascar per capita is 596.35 USD. As Hollywood progresses, Madagascar is the fourth poorest country in the world. In addition to Madagascar’s poor economy, climate change is also damaging the country. Three years of drought and little rainfall exacerbate food insecurity and turn a lush island into a hot bowl of brown dust. Due to hunger, 3.5 million people from Madagascar needed the help of the World Food Program. Just another hurdle for people who are already struggling.

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