Perhaps many people have same experience or knowledge as I do. In junior high school, there were individual students in class who were good at mathematics and could participate in provincial olympiads and win prizes, and some even competed in international olympiads. But it is a pity that his English is very poor, and he lagged behind so much that he could not enter a key university, and then disappeared from everyone.
In high school, there are indeed people who know English and mathematics very well, but there are very few of them. Generally speaking, boys are good at math and girls are good at English. At same time, high school students have good grades in math and English, which is probably due to fact that they have adapted to exam-oriented learning and are comfortable answering questions.
When I enter university, I will need to study advanced mathematics and English in first semester, no matter what my major is. history books in future? If I specialized in study of British history and followed path of a scientist, then there would be no problems with learning English. The problem is that I don't know if I have ever traveled abroad in my life.
Many college students have gone on to graduate school and embarked on path of research. In China, graduate school entrance exams require English, which is a turn off for many. However, for many girls without historical ability, entrance exams for graduate school are relatively easy, because English gets a lot of points, and professional courses cannot score enough. So there is such a phenomenon that a person is hired not because he is good in his specialty, but because he speaks English well. This is true for any profession.
Do we need to think? Which country in world accepts languages of other countries as compulsory subjects? What has Japan done? Did South Korea do it? Looking around, I realized that our great country did it. From high school entrance exam to graduate school entrance exam, if you don't know English, you are destined to be sad all your life.
Now we're thinking too: many scholars have suggested that English be included in college entrance exams or as an elective subject. I think this is very reasonable: English should be taught to those who are interested and able, wouldn't it be better to leave them to study foreign languages in universities? It is enough for ordinary people to know 26 letters and some simple vocabulary, why do they all need to understand long English?
Even in terms of effectiveness, English education has failed. Over past few decades, so many people have learned English. After graduation, they may not speak a word of English and forget it completely. English is only needed for exams. Some people say that learning English is up to international standards. I'm really convinced, even if you're in line, you don't need everyone to learn, right? Will percentage of learning English become an indicator that affects internationalization of country?
In short, I suggest choosing English as an optional subject. People who have chosen English have right to enter departments of foreign languages. Thus, it is possible to nurture elite and increase effectiveness of education. How wonderful. You can also take English, Japanese, French, Russian, etc. as optional subjects for specialized study. It is much easier for students who have not chosen English to study. Consider using your vocabulary time to look at other items, perhaps efficiency will be much higher.