I'm more concerned with their inability to speak English in the classroom:
For the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites enrolled, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children.
Non-Hispanic white students are still expected to be the largest racial group in the public schools this year at 49.8 percent. But the National Center for Education Statistics says minority students, when added together, will now make up the majority.
About one-quarter of the minority students are Hispanic, 15 percent are black and 5 percent are Asian and Pacific Islanders. Biracial students and Native Americans make up a smaller share of the minority student population.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the changing population a seminal moment in education. "We can't talk about other people's children. These are our children," he said.
The shift creates new academic realities, such as the need for more English language instruction, and cultural ones, meaning changes in school lunch menus to reflect students' tastes.
If children that are in this Country illegally are holding back the students that are, it's a recipe for disaster. We're already aware of how poorly US students compare to students around the World. Toss in the teachers having to try and "catch up" non-English speaking kids, and the English speakers suffer, furthering the cycle.
What is the most important thing on the mind of the woman who serves on a Presidential commission on educational excellence? It ain't school:
As the school-age population has become more nonwhite, it's also become poorer, said Patricia Gandara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA who serves on President Barack Obama's advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Roughly one-quarter of Hispanics and African-Americans live below the poverty line - meaning a family of four has nearly $24,000 in annual income - and some of the poorest of Hispanic children are dealing with the instability of being in the country illegally or with a parent who is, Gandara said.
Focusing on teacher preparation and stronger curriculum is "not going to get us anywhere unless we pay attention to the really basic needs of these children, things like nutrition and health and safety, and the instability of the homes," she said.
So we can't educate them with more prepared teachers, and better course work, we have to feed them first? Is that really the primary job of the educational system?
The problem starts and ends with the Home. If education, learning English, and wanting to become an American Citizen is important to everyone in the home, the child will succeed. Unfortunately, the reality is that what I've outlined above is not a priority to non-English speaking families today.
Our rich history is overflowing with stories of immigrants that can to this Country, unable to read, write, or speak the language, who made a choice to assimilate, and do what Americans do in order to become one.
Instead, in Modern America, we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings by asking them to respect our laws, learn our language, and pull their weight.
Now we have non-English speaking students becoming the majority in our schools, they are way behind where they should be educationally, and the kids that can speak the language and are up to speed will suffer.
Yet another reason why my daughter will stay in private school, no matter the cost.
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