The US Senate has decided that since most college grads speak no languages other than English (and speak that pretty poorly), can't locate Portugal on a map, couldn't tell you who the Prime Minister of France is, get Taiwan and Thailand confused, believe New Zealand to be a land mass created by Peter Jackson for the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Holland = clogs, gouda, hash and hookers (wait, that could be true) and know somehow, perhaps through porn, that Czech girls are slutty.
This is why last November, in an unusual display of international hugging, the Senate declared 2006 the "Year of Study Abroad."
Sez UC Davis' California Aggie: Uncle Sam wants America's youth to get out of the country. Last November, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution declaring 2006 as the "Year of Study Abroad." The resolution states that the U.S. educational system is responsible for ensuring that "citizens of the United States are globally literate."