By Rick Oltman, June 6, 2017
Yet another class of illegal alien victims has been identified: students. In addition to lost jobs, murders, rapes, drunken driving crashes resulting in vehicular homicide, and other property losses caused by illegal aliens, we can now attribute educational damage to the youngest and most vulnerable Americans in the sanctuary state of California.
The San Jose Mercury News headline: 75% of black California boys don’t meet state reading standards.
The reading level data is alarming. In the fourth grade, nearly 80 percent of black boys failed to meet state reading standards.
Excuses are trotted out, such as “… texts that aren’t relevant …”, blah, blah, blah. There are certainly a number of reasons, not the least of which is the depth to which the once nationally admired California Public School system has fallen.
One thing that is not in the article is any reference to languages spoken within the classroom. In a nearby city in my county, 72 different languages were spoken in the public schools … 25 years ago!
Spanish language is not mentioned in this article, nor is immigration. Eighteen years ago, the late Terry Anderson, a South Central Los Angeles resident and immigration reform activist, testified to a Congressional subcommittee about the impact of illegal immigration on black students in his community that was broadcast on C-SPAN.
Ezola Foster, Pat Buchanan’s vice-presidential running mate on the Reform Party ticket in 2000, is a black woman and former teacher in Los Angeles County who supported California’s groundbreaking Prop. 187 in 1994. In 1996, she stated on public television that illegal immigration was responsible for the low quality of Los Angeles schools and was eventually hounded out of her teaching career for repeatedly pointing out that her students, black American kids, were being hurt because of all the illegal alien students the school system was forced to deal with.
While there are many reasons why the schools in California are failing to properly educate these students, illegal immigration is a big one. Oh, they will all be “socially promoted” and will graduate from high school. But because of illegal immigration, these young Americans are being condemned to a lifetime where they will not be able to compete economically because of their poor education.
I imagine if I was put in charge of the local school district with the mandate to make it better, I would hold a big group meeting with everyone in the system who was qualified to get into a classroom. I would tell them that this year the goal is simple. By the end of the school year, everybody in this district reads at grade level or you’re fired. And, here is the lesson plan: Go into the classroom and have everyone open their books and begin to read aloud: Sally page one, Timmy page two, Maria page three. And anyone that can’t read at grade level in English, comes back after to school to … read.
If they can’t read at grade level, then you can forget about STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Reading is No 1. And sentencing a whole generation of American youth to poverty because of political correctness needs to stop now.
Google has recently announced that the most misspelled word in California is “beautiful.”
Learning to read also teaches people how to spell.
Wouldn’t it be “beautiful” if our kids, the coming generations, were educated properly? Just a thought.
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