As I have mentioned before, Costa Rica abolished its military in 1949 and allocated the military budget instead on education and health care. The result is that today Costa Rica's literacy rate and measures of public health are equivalent to the USA.
There is an emphasis in Costa Rica on teaching children English because so many jobs are in the tourist sector of the economy and, in the Central Valley around San Jose, the high technology manufacturing sector. English is helpful for workers in both industries.
While we are on the subject of learning a language, I would like to take this occasion to comment about all of the Daily Photo bloggers around the world who post their photos and exchange comments in English when it is not their first language. They have my admiration and appreciation.
This week we are sharing some photos of Santa Fe, New Mexico on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.