Teachers swap ideas, agendas in Oregon-Mexico exchange program
A recent trip to Mexico meant more than sunshine and margaritas for nine Oregon teachers.
Motivated to learn the cultures of their Hispanic students and to close the gap between Mexican and American teaching methods, the teachers had things other than relaxation on their minds.
By "close the gap" do they mean improve Mexican schools? I bet not. Are they doing a such better job than us that we have to visit them to learn their teaching methods? Or did they want to know: "how can we teach your citizens about your values and your culture in our classrooms?"
The program, designed to enable teachers to better assist Mexican students in achieving the best cultural and educational experiences they can, coordinates teaching exchanges for American and Mexican teachers.
“Teachers should have that experience,” said Nicolasa Mohs, of the Willamette ESD Migrant Education Program and coordinator of the Oregon-Mexico Education Partnership. “For Oregon educators, it is to their benefit to experience the cultures of the students that are in their school, in their classrooms.
For the last time, the culture of the students in the classroom should be an American culture. I am very tired of people treating America as if it doesn't have it's own culture or that it's culture is somehow secondary to whatever culture you may choose to identify with. It is very disturbing to me to see Hispanics who were born in America and have never even been to Mexico identify themselves as "Mexican."
First, because it shows stupidity. "Mexican" is not a race, it is a nationality. A Mexican is a person who is citizen of Mexico.
Second, it shows that these people have no pride in America and that their loyalties lie with another country. It demonstrates that in a lot of cases even second and third generations have not assimilated into our society.
Round trip ticket per person from Portland to Oaxaca:
$633-$803 per person. Total: $5697-$7227 HOTWIRE
I sure would like to know if these teachers flew first class...
I sure would like to see their expense reports...
I sure would like to know how our "broke" education system can afford to send 9 teachers to Mexico for 9 days...