Exposing U.S. students to the larger world around them and ensuring that they not only speak other languages, but also understand and appreciate other cultures, is essential to the nation's success in an increasingly global economy, said members of the National Governors Association's (NGA's) Education, Early Childhood, and Workforce Committee during the NGA's Winter Meeting 2006 this week in Washington, D.C.

"In our global economy, American students, workers, and businesses face new and fierce competition from around the world," said Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, chair of the committee, prior to the meeting. "I'm

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