Did Students Also Suck up Government Benefits?

A Spanish teacher in Ohio has her students conduct a role playing exercise where she has them assume an identity of a Latino and try to apply to enter the US legally. She then stamps all their papers DENIED and tells them to figure out how to get in ILLEGALLY. This is supposed to be an eye opening experience that teaches empathy as each student goes to local businesses and asks for applications that are written in Spanish and then tries to figure out how to live here and make a living as an ILLEGAL.

The teacher, Erica Vieyra, feels that immigration is one of the most important problems of our time and she believes that by teaching these students to have empathy they might make a difference when they grow up and become voters and possibly lawmakers. I wonder why this teacher did not have them go to the government assistance offices and figure out ways to bilk the US taxpayer out of money? Perhaps she could have had the girls get pregnant and drop a jackpot baby here so it would be given the status of citizen and guarantee generations of other family members entering to ride the baby’s coattails. Maybe she could have had them apply for college at great tuition rates and then watch as real citizens pay more money, no doubt to offset the handouts to ILLEGALS.

I think this teacher should have focused on teaching her students how to obey the law rather than to break it. Imagine a business teacher telling students to apply for a job and then denying it only to inform the student to get it illegally, by forging documents. Perhaps the business teacher could give an assignment for students to already have a job and they have to make a million dollars and when they don’t he teaches them how to do it illegally.

Perhaps someone should teach this teacher how to stop blaming the United States for the ILLEGAL acts of immigrants. They have a hard time because they break the law. They have no regard for the law and they expect people to ignore their activities as if they are entitled to a life here. This is our house and we get to say who enters and who does not.

I wonder how this teacher would react if a student who was failing her class broke into the school computer and changed his grades so he would pass? That is the lesson she is teaching…

Source:
The Columbus Dispatch

Big Dog

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27 Responses to “Did Students Also Suck up Government Benefits?”

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  5. Jonn Lilyea says:

    What could this possibly have to do with learning to speak Spanish? That teacher should have her next paycheck handed to her with big “Denied” stamp across it.

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    “What could this possibly have to do with learning to speak Spanish? That teacher should have her next paycheck handed to her with big «Denied» stamp across it.”

    You could say the same about English. You don’t only learn English in English class. You learn about complex themes and culture and reality, not only grammar and the alphabet. Spanish is the same, you learn the culture and themes as well.

    I suggest you research more, both you and the author of this blog. If you look up the national requirements and the state requirements she has met all of them and more.

    I am a student of her class and I have never learned so much Spanish in a three week period, than I did for this project. Unfortunately, you were not given the opportunity to read the project guidelines and rubric; one of the very difficult requirements that we faced as students, is that we had to navigate the web on strictly Spanish websites. This means visiting the US embassy’s websites in each country and pulling information from these Spanish web pages.

    Instead you rather take it on a literal basis and see “oh they had to forge this and had to break this law”, When we actually learned how easy it was to do these things and how much of a real issue it is.

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  14. Jonn Lilyea says:

    Dear brave Anonomous;

    I suggest you learn your place. You’re a student – you don’t get to tell us, the adult taxpayers who pay her salary, how you want to be taught. You are supposed to be learning Spanish – since when are all Spanish speaking people in their respective countries illegally? Since when are all of the people who speak Spanish in this country (including my Panamanian wife of thirty years – and me, for that matter) here illegally? That’s racist and I take offense at that particular stunt.

    What does having “denied” stamped across a piece of paper have anything to do with learning any language. It’s called indoctrination.

    By the way, I have four years of college-level Spanish and thirty years of interaction with Spanish speakers in thir own countries (from Spain to Columbia and everywhere in between) and in the US – I’ve never seen any with a piece of paper stamped ‘denied’.

  15. Schatz says:

    It seems to me all the teacher is trying to show these student (other than to break the law when things don’t go your way if you do things legally) is a one-sided view of the immigration problem. The view of the immigrant. How about teaching her students the view of the poor folks (read “us”) paying for these wonderful Spanish services with our taxes from our legal jobs.

    I hate to sound trite but shouldn’t teachers be instructing students on the fundamentals and not trying to forge their brains into one particular version of the world? I thought they were supposed to introduce students to things and let them explore but not show a bias one way or the other. Oh, wait, maybe that’s only if you have conservative views. HEHE

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