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Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Arizona Department of Education “recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English”:
State education officials say the move is intended to ensure that students with limited English have teachers who speak the language flawlessly. But some school principals and administrators say the department is imposing arbitrary fluency standards that could undermine students by thinning the ranks of experienced educators. [...]
“This is just one more indication of the incredible anti-immigrant sentiment in the state,” said Bruce Merrill, a professor emeritus at Arizona State University who conducts public-opinion research.
But many schools in the state still have a significant number of teachers who are native Spanish speakers. At one school, state auditors complained that teachers pronounced “words such as violet as ‘biolet,’ think as ‘tink’ and swallow the ending sounds of words, as they sometimes do in Spanish.” The principal at that school acknowledged that teachers “should speak grammatically correct English” but said they shouldn’t be punished for having an accent.
It gets better!
Adding insult to injury, the Arizona legislature passed a bill yesterday outlawing ethnic studies programs:
HB 2281 would make it illegal for a school district to have any courses or classes that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or advocate ethnic solidarity “instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”
It also would ban classes that “promote resentment toward a race or class of people.”
I work in software and in schools and many of your best workers are foreign born. Russians, Ukranians, Chinese, Indian, South African you name it. It's that way in the college classrooms, too. It's actually pretty interesting and enervating. Arizona are just a bunch of xenophobic morons. Good job guys!
Last edited by apple strudel; 04-30-2010 at 03:06 PM..
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Mrs Diver and myself are planning on moving to AZ in a few...Her family is from there, and her brother in law and step father are on the police and fire department in a border town. Needless to say, they both think this law sucks.
add to that, the backwards thinking of the education department...
State education officials say the move is intended to ensure that students with limited English have teachers who speak the language flawlessly. But some school principals and administrators say the department is imposing arbitrary fluency standards that could undermine students by thinning the ranks of experienced educators.
Teachers that don't pass muster may take classes or other steps to improve their English; if fluency continues to be a problem, Ms. Santa Cruz said, it is up to school districts to decide whether to fire teachers or reassign them to mainstream classes not designated for students still learning to speak English. However, teachers shouldn't continue to work in classes for non-native English speakers.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....
Try reading a more balanced account then StinkProgress, that might help.
Like the WSJ which originally reported the story, and from which most of the information comes from? Right.
Originally Posted by RupertMurdoch'sMotherFingWallStreetJournal
The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes for students still learning English.
Ha ha - when the US needs to improve scientific achievement Arizona shoots itself in the foot. Ever take college or post grad math or engineering? If you get a teacher who is a native speaker you're lucky. But once you get used to the accent there's no problem at all.
Now I hope you are saying the 30% that oppose the law better get started fighting it. Unless, you are spouting off the same stupidity that you were around the time of the election and the "30%" Either way, this is probably here to stay and may even spread to other states!!!!!