In his July 19th op-ed piece, titled "California must continue to lead in closing the bilingual skills gap," Bong brings together economic and social science research to explain why bilingualism will continue to be a necessary skill for the state's youth. "[W]hile we hear a lot about the skills gap in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, the bilingual skills gap gets much less attention." Bong finds this problematic, as soft skills like bilingualism, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence are growing in importance. "Not coincidentally, these “soft skills” are the ones that Google highlighted as being most indicative of success in their Project Oxygen study of what traits were found among the company’s highest achievers. These skills all ranked above being a strong technical performer."
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-Mary Bridget Burns, Assistant Director for TWIN-CS