Monday, April 30, 2012

Learning English in the Soviet Union

While waiting for a train in Dresden about ten years ago, I had a chance to talk to a Russian scientist who had grown up in the Soviet Union.  In broken English, he told me that as a student he was taught how to read and write English.  However, he was not taught how to speak English.  The students were told that they weren't taught how to speak English because they would never need to speak it.

Most law schools today are turning out lawyers that don't know how to practice.   Law schools don't need to teach them because they can learn on the job.  Of course, practicing attorneys don't have time to teach new hires, and they aren't teachers anyway.  This is the way we've always done it, and this is the way we are going to continue to do it.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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