27 responses

  1. Jonn Lilyea
    Wednesday Dec 19th, 2007

    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.

  2. Big Dog
    Wednesday Dec 19th, 2007

    Hi Jonn,
    Were you at any of the GOE events? You look familiar and I think we talked at one.

  3. Jonn Lilyea
    Wednesday Dec 19th, 2007

    I’ve been to all of the GOE events in DC. We’ve probably talked – I think you linked to me before, too.

  4. anonymous
    Wednesday Dec 19th, 2007

    “What could this possibly have to do with learning to speak Spanish? That teacher should have her next paycheck handed to her with big ┬źDenied┬╗ 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.

  5. Jonn Lilyea
    Wednesday Dec 19th, 2007

    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’.

  6. Schatz
    Wednesday Dec 19th, 2007

    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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