As I walked the halls of The Capitol this week [week of June 17, 2018], my senses were heightened to the expressed displeasure and statements of intolerance and cultural destruction related to this recent development. I have friends and acquaintances in many places, so I am aware that this post will reach national and international borders. This research should be used in ALL areas that are connected to children (DFACS, DHS, DOE, etc.). Doing so will allow those in places of influence to make informed decisions. That’s why I advocate.
The issue for me, as an ESOL Teacher, is similar to that mentioned in the last paragraph. Existing culturally intolerant and destructive attitudes and instruction further complicate these immigration, refugee, and asylum events.
My English Learners are watching this unfold this summer. How will this affect their motivation to keep improving their English language proficiency? Will they feel comfortable taking risks in the classroom? How many English Learner educators, mainstream teachers, administrators, and professors will alienate their students by talking about these events in a while group and then say something inventive and crass like, “This whole thing is stupid!” If you think the latter won’t happen, think again.
(Original post June 21, 2018, via Facebook)