Except the puck in 20 years time is in knowing English and either German or French (or preferably both). That's when they need to work,
Knowing English, French or German might have made sense in the last century when all of them exploited other nations with cannon and fixed bayonets. But I see no benefit today for Polish children to learn these languages which will be irrelevant in the near future.
They will be at a disadvantage if they do because I've already demonstrated that other nations, especially English speaking ones like America and Britain, are making their own investments today in teaching their children other critical foreign languages like Mandarin or Spanish or Arabic. For Poles to continue wasting their time and money in learning English, French or German would be condemning themselves to low wage service sector jobs at home or in the few countries where these declining languages are still spoken. Meanwhile it will be the Germans, the British, the French and Americans who snap up the higher paying white collar jobs which will be the ones doing business in the Pacific Rim, South America, the Middle East or even Africa where the Chinese already have a huge presence and the locals are learning Mandarin.
So you think they should skate somewhere uncertain and risk an uncertain future for their children?
There's nothing uncertain about it. If you actually followed the news rather than coming on here and yelling "busia" at Polonia during all hours of the day and night every day then you would know that we live in a multipolar world and America and Europe no longer hold sway. Polish youth would be at a great advantage of finding high paying and interesting work if they started preparing themselves now for where the banks and businesses are already investing heavily today - and it isn't in America or Europe anymore. So while Polish children in the near future can be enjoying the wealth created from doing business in the Pacific region their grandchildren will also see opportunities for themselves when the future large investors in Poland come from Asia and the Middle East.
China would be in a world of trouble if the US decided to change the dollar and impose (in conjunction with Europe and the Americas) a total blockade of Chinese products.
Wrong again. The US would be in a world of trouble if China called in the debt. Total blockades of Chinese products is sheer fantasy in today's era of free trade. As if the WTO would turn a hypocritical eye away from such an action. And it is the US who would be terrified if other countries like China dropped the dollar to settle most international transactions. American interest rates would soar so high that the Zimbabwean dollar would be considered a safe haven currency.
That's why Poland always needs to look out for its own self-interest. This means looking at the world ten to twenty years from now and be willing to dump any dead weight luggage like learning English or allying itself exclusively to English speaking countries.
It's the patriotic thing to do.