I'm in a large Catholic school that's devoted to the idea of 3 college prep tracks. ALL our kids go on to college, but our lowest level kids have traditionally gone on to the colleges, both community and 4 year, that were easier to get in to. Well, that's slowly changing, and our lower level kids are applying to the more competitive schools. As a result, we've had to rethink something. Those same kids haven't been offered a foreign language-- instead they've always doubled up on both math and English. But so many schools want kids to have a foreign language. So our lowest level kids are going to start learning ASL as Seniors (or is it Juniors? I'm not sure since we just heard about this.) The administration wanted a language where the kids could gain some sort of fluency in a relatively short period of time-- and 2 years of French or Spanish simply won't do it. But apparently ASL has fewer issues with tenses and irregular verbs, so it's a bit more do-able in a short period of time. I know nothing about the details, but thought it was a great approach to take. The kids will be taking care of that college entry requirement, and learning something that may help someone someday, open some doors for themselves or someone else, or open them up to a new career possibility.