Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Leave them down there next time...

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...

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

They are simply learning a culture so they can be better teachers. America is a melting pot, diversity is its greatest treasure.

El profesor said...

En mi opinoin, los profesores deben intentar y visitar otras culturas para aprender sobre el fondo de sus estudiantes. Hacen americanos por supuesto pero además todavía llevan las marcas de su educación de los padres. Esto es una cosa esencial a hacer en el mundo nuevo, y le impulso al recosnider. La ventaja compensa lejos el coste en este caso.

jwalker said...

As a teacher, I know through my experience that there would be many ways to educate people in cultural sensitivities. Going down there was over the top. An entire district training might have cost half of that if done properly.

I don't have a huge problem with the cultural education if the government is going to do nothing about the abuse of immigration policies. We are in the business of helping the kids we are given and need to be equipped.

But again, I think money should be spent on other things that are more important than this.

Daniel said...

It is simply not our job to go out of our way to educate the citizens of other countries in ways that are more "sensitive."

We must teach them (by ruling of the Supreme Court) but we can teach them the same way that we teach American kids.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one on this forum who is glad Daniel is NOT my neighbor?

Mexico is our neighbor, so be neighborly, like your Mother taught you, young man.

Daniel said...

*Twilight zone music*

Maybe I am your neighbor...

Seriously, would you let your neighbor come into your house un-invited? Could they then help themselves to your food? And when you asked them to leave because they would become indignant that you weren't "respecting their culture."

Would you let your neighbor harbor a serial murderer and allow him to remain a fugitive from justice? Would you let your neighbor encourage others to enter your house and property without permission? Would you let your neighbor sell drugs to your children? Can your neighbor have your job?

jwalker said...

In this day and age I have to understand the background of all my kids. Most of them I can figure pretty well, but I must say, there are many intricate details when you kids from other countries. Having some understanding is a good thing. I do agree however that we need to treat them like the other kids. But any good teacher has to understand what is walking into the classroom.

Anonymous said...

I agree countries should NOT harbor criminals and terrorists.

So, when do we invade Saudi Arabia, our scariest, deadliest, most corrupt ally that refuses to show the UN their WMD?

And I'm guessing you, Daniel, will be nowhere in sight when the bullets start flying, because you'd be in Baghdad if you had any cojones.