Teachers cross borders for Oregon’s migrant students
When Carmen Gamino walked into her migrant summer school classroom at Butte Creek last month she knew she had a lot of work to do to restore the cultures each child had left behind in Mexico.
This summer, seven teachers from Jalisco, Guanajuato, Oaxaca and Sonora, Mexico teamed up with Butte Creek’s migrant summer school as part of the Binational Migrant Education Program to restore identities and give migrant children a better education.
“We remind the children here about their cultures, their background and their history,” said Maria Guatalupe, an elementary teacher from Jalisco, Mexico. “I’m here because I want to exchange experiences and knowledge with the students.”
Whether in Mexico or the United States, children have the right to continue their education.
This is the slogan that drove more than two-dozen Mexican teachers, like Gamino and Guatalupe, across the border to teach in migrant summer schools throughout Oregon this month. Seven of them are teaching in the Silver Falls School District.
I have a slogan for you: If the immigration status doesn't fit... you must deport!
Ok, I'm not as smooth as a lawyer who thinks that the constitution requires him to make sure that guilty men go free but it still works. The purpose of this "program" is to help the illegal alien children retain their Mexican roots rather thank assimilate into our culture.
Some of these children are American citizens. Their parents (ok, usually a "dad" who is a sperm donor to multiple women and then takes off) came here illegally but the children were born here. But instead of teaching these kids to be Americans we are teaching them to be Mexicans. Why? Is their culture better than ours? I sure don't see thousands of Americans emigrating to Mexico...
Things like Mexican flags, the Mexican anthem, and Mexican state seal have no place in our government schools. These kids grow up thinking that they are "Mexican" when they aren't and they have a loyalty to a country other than the one that they are born in and that has given them so much opportunity.
I say that if American citizens want to identify as "Mexicans" then they can go live there for a while. Maybe then they will appreciate our shining city on a hill.