Most schools require foreign language classes in their general education curriculum. Yet, I believe that our students also need to learn about culture. Learing about culture could be a byproduct of learning a foreign language, yet there are more things about culture that cannot be taught in foreign language classes.
If one doesn't speak a foreign language, one still can get an interpreter. Although it wouldn't be a perfect word-to-word translation, message, or content would be translated somewhat right through interpreter since language is for having conversation, which means an exchange of ideas. However, there are so many things missed and lost in translation.
Now, with mighty technologies we embrace, to access to another culture became as easy as one click at one's room. To keep up with globalization in 21st century and to nurture our students as globalized citizens in 21st centure, deeper understanding of culture is required, and emphasizing the importance of being bi-cultural is critical.
American people are often mocked down as mono-lingual. It is not really about American knowing only one language. It is more about American beng ignorant about other cultures. Now, it is necessary to try different approaches in cultural education, if there was any. Otherwise, more studies and researches must be conducted to draw people's attention to bi-cultural education.