If you haven’t noticed lately, our country is experiencing a surge of Immigration…some legally and some illegally. Many coming from Mexico are practically “escaping” the corruption, leaving everything behind and moving to America to provide a safe environment to raise a family.
As a nation of laws, it’s natural for us to notice the number of people entering illegally, after all, with Hezbollah camps situated in Northern Mexico, we have to pay attention to who’s entering our country.
Because of the influx of Hispanics, our government has made the move to appease non-English speaking residents, making it easier to integrate. But in our attempt to appease, we have diluted English. In reality, English is the language of our global economy and commerce…it is the key ingredient to achieving success in America.
Facing critical budget concerns, Texas is looking for options to offset the inevitable cuts coming down the pipeline. With Education, the state is looking at ways to eliminate non essential projects or programs not directly related to educating American children. When I was a student in the San Marcos I.S.D., there were very few students taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Our high school was approximately 40-50% Hispanic, yet there were so few people in ESL classes, it was barely noticable.
Today, schools are being challenged to educate illegal students with a budget shortfall. Since it’s illegal to ask if a student is legal, we don’t even know who’s who in our public schools. We’re overextending ourselves to provide ESL classes for those who need “help” without regard for citizenship. Of course ESL education is necessary, but at whose expense? If we look at the problem honestly, we’ll find illegal immigration at the core. Helping American children overcome the language barrier is one thing, expecting support from their parents is another.
If kids are speaking Spanish at home, with no encouragement from the parents to learn English, then the parents are at fault. They may be illegal. They may not. Either way, it starts at home, and before we spend ourselves broke trying to “fix” the problem, we should demand more cooperation from parents who are obviously using the state’s resources (your tax dollars) to educate their children.
Here’s the question circulating around…”if students are not legal, is it the taxpayer’s responsibility to educate them?” Shouldn’t the state be using our hard-earned dollars on our own citizens? I’ve heard the argument, “We need to educate illegal immigrants because if we don’t, they’ll just end up in prisons or on drugs…breaking into our homes and costing taxpayers more money down the road.” Again, I agree… but should we be educating them with tax money?
We are faced with a population explosion within the Hispanic community. The dialogue must be open, clear and concise. The foundation of a successful dialogue is agreeing to rally behind one language…English. Illegal’s need to understand the value of learning English, and accept it as the language of our nation, one they can be a part of, if they wanted to.
Sure, we’ve made it easy to exist in America without knowing English…that’s our fault. Our politically correct environment has made us ashamed to insist on English. Rather, we do like many schools do…we lower the bar. It doesn’t have to stay that way-but we have to put our foot down and make a stand for what’s right. Our elected representatives need to know they have support from patriotic, voting Hispanics.
My idea for a solution?
With the exception of teachers at charter or private schools, most teachers have been working for the government their entire career. They have done what they love and were paid by the taxpayers to do their job. Now, hundreds of thousands of teachers are retired, drawing pensions and benefits, still paid by taxpayers.
How does the country need retired teachers? Simple.
Some teachers are passionate about teaching and would teach if there was no money involved. To those teachers…would you be willing to dust off the briefcase and step back into the classroom teaching ESL classes? To fiscally responsible, retired Republican teachers, would you contribute your skills to reduce the taxpayer’s burden?
Could there be a network of ESL schools tied together and scheduled with volunteer teachers based on location or region…all on one website? Could retired teachers become part of the immigration solution?
Teachers, your knowledge and classroom experience is unparalleled. Working together, I’m sure we could figure out a way to make it happen…or we could wait for the government to do it for us?