81 CHRONICLESnexperience. They are even encouragednto build altars to their ancestors andnmake “altar offerings” on them.n(Cunningham has the cultural insensitivitynto describe these activities asn”bizarre.”)nThe Department responded to thenblowup which followed the publicationnof the report by telling its Denvernoffice to release it only to those whonrequested it. John K. Andrews’ IndependencenInstitute got hold of it andnsent out copies to its mailing list, withna list of recommendations. The recommendations,nwhich are in themselvesngood, all accept the beneficialnaspects of an improved Global Educationnprogram. We have our ownnsuggestions—as opposed to Utopiannnotions that might work in a perfectnworld. On the contrary, our suggestionsnreflect current educational practicenin countries like Germany andnJapan, which are killing us in worldnmarkets (U.S. businessmen, take note)nReaders SurveynAbout 10 percent of our subscribersnfilled out and sent in the very unscientificnsurvey we included in thenMarch issue. Several readers and atnleast one editor of another magazinenremarked that we were taking anbig risk: this sort of survey was anPandora’s box, and we were goingnto read a great many things wenwould rather not hear. The resultsnare in, and we believe we havenevery reason to gloat. Overall, 89npercent of the readers who respondednrated the magazine as excellentnor good (63 percent thought it excellent).nIn general, there was ancorrelation between length of subscriptionnand approval of the magazine,nalthough in some cases thenmost enthusiastic endorsementsncame from new subscribers, whonsaid the first issue came as a revelation.nEighty-five percent said theynhad read every issue, and 71 percentninsisted they read almostneverything in each one.nThe greatest enthusiasm wasnmanifested for editorials, essays,nand longer reviews—all were ratedngood or excellent by 93 percent.nThe least interest was generated bynand which used to exist in the U.S.njust a generation ago.nFirst and foremost, TEACH FOR­nEIGN LANGUAGES, kindergartennthrough 12th grade. No one should benallowed to get past the sixth gradenwithout one foreign language, out ofnjunior high and high school withoutntwo more. If we want to encouragenbreadth, we should make a rule thatnone language must be modern, onenancient, and one non-Indo-European.nThe advantages of intensive foreignnlanguage training are obvious. Childrenncan learn to make up their ownnminds about other countries by readingnand visiting. They will not bendependent on ridiculous “curricula”nwhich are as full of cultural bias as annewspaper. Naturally, there will havento be a similar rule for the teachers,nK-12, of all language arts, social studies,ngeography, and other humanitiesnand social studies courses. This wouldnbe a step towards making teaching onenour coverage of the arts (only 81npercent thought it good to excellent)nand the inside illustrations (62npercent). On the other hand, thencovers were highly rated by 77npercent—appallingly low whennyou consider the superb series ofncovers we’ve been running for nearlyna year, but many subscribers didnnote the improvement. Several,nhowever, were shocked enough bynsome Chronicles art that they wrotenin messages: “Disgusting,” “frightening,”n”all those rats chewing outnthroats in alleyways.” You can’tnplease everyone. We have madensome effort at diversifying ourngraphics and at toning down somenof the horror; it might be noted,nhowever, that many new subscribersnare attracted first of all by the artnand have singled out for particularnpraise the grotesque fantasies ofnZbigniew Fitz and several coversnof our new art director, AnnanWodecki.nIn our coverage of the arts, manynreaders quite correctly noted anweakness in film reviews. Wenwould like to hear from them ifnrecent reviews by Chris Kopff,nSamuel Karnick, and Kate Daltonnare more to their taste.nnnof the toughest and most challengingnprofessions in our country and attractingnpeople who want a tough andnchallenging profession.nNot only will these reforms introducenstudents to real countries withnreal literatures and cultures instead ofnabstractions out of a textbook, it willnalso teach them to think and to write.nTranslation from or into a foreignntongue is the best way to force thenmind to think about what you arenreally saying.nIt will also toll the death knell ofnbilingual education. As long as Americansnknow only one language, it maynseem unfair to make the Chicanonlearn more than one. If we are allnlearning three or more, that excusenwill vanish.nThis is a reform that has worked innthe past. (Check out what the Britishnupper class was studying when it dominatednhalf the world: Greek, Latin,nand French.) It will improve the intel-nIn addition to our arts coverage,nmany readers were less than perfectlynpleased with Typefaces, althoughnthey did express a desire for morendiscussion of the press. They alsonwanted more about religion and lessnon politics and economics. (I didn’tnthink it was possible to talk lessnabout economics!) Of the sectionsnof the magazine. Correspondencenwas the lowest rated (only 39 percentnsaid they were very interested),nand yet the contributor most oftennsingled out for special praise was thenbackwoods sociologist from the ResearchnTriangle, John SheltonnReed. To listen to some readers,nthey practically skip the rest of thenmagazine and go straight to ProfessornReed’s musings on the RednecknWay of Knowledge. Still a newcomernwhen the survey was published,nJane Greer was frequentlynmentioned as a good reason fornreading Chronicles.nIn reading over the remarks, annumber of conflicts between thenreaders seemed to emerge. Whilenmany wanted more religion, a fewnwere irritated by our “obsession”nwith the subject. Many fairly newnsubscribers praised Chronicles for itsnfreedom from cant and ideologyn