http://mv-voice.com/square/print/2011/01/29/some-english-learners-are-lagging


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Some English learners are lagging

Original post made on Jan 29, 2011

A growing number of elementary and middle school students are learning to speak English in Mountain View schools, although one subset within the English-learning population is lagging, local education officials say.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 28, 2011, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 29, 2011 at 5:57 am

So many problems with this article--mainly some serious PC editing going on.

Any idiot could figure out that the majority of these families of failing children are from Mexico. How? Just ask them, or ask around if you are afraid to. But The Voice calls them Latin American? That's a slur against an entire continent. Why not just call them North American uneducated and socio-economically disadvanaged Spanish-speaking, mostly-illegal residents of Mountain View?

Also decide on how your are going to use such terms as Latino or Hispanic, because I can guarantee you both are pretty broad terms, although Latino is definitely a better fit here.

Another thing. Ms. Rodgers' parents were from Europe, so pick another brush to paint a comparison with. She is part of the very same ethnic group she use to illustrate the acheivement gap. Wow, that's a convenient omission. How tough would it have been to ask her, "Gee, and where were your parents from Ms. Rodgers?"

What is this paper so afraid of other than the truth??