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From: Judy Payne (e-mail her)
Re: Paul Nachman's Blog: Assimilation! Hah! Even If They Want To Assimilate, They Can't
Sandra Tsing Loh, reviewing Jonathan Kozol's new book Letters to a Young Teacher for the Atlantic Monthly wrote:
"Meanwhile, the far more vast and gloomy possibility is that most immigrant children will plunge off the college map entirely. In their isolated, maxed-out schools, they won't master the higher-level English they need if they are to succeed." [Tales Out of School, March 2008]
I don't understand this "if they are to succeed" stuff.
Democrats lionize the immigrants' children uneducated peasant parents for coming to America eager to work as many as three jobs—all for lousy wages.
Their willingness to do menial labor for menial pay (unlike Americans who insist on decent pay for menial jobs) is one off the things that makes them so wonderful to Democrats. They "do the jobs Americans won't do" as that Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik loved to say.
But if aliens' willingness to work cheap and hard is what makes them so great, why on earth should we educate them? The whole reason the Democrats love them so much is because they are desperate and therefore hard-working.
The minute that aliens get a good education, they won't do "the jobs Americans won't do" and the Democrats argument is defeated.
Then we'll have to import another 20 million to take their places. Wouldn't that be grand?
Joe Guzzardi comments: As a twenty-year employee of a California school district, I can say without fear of contradiction that reforming public education to any meaningful degree, as Ms. Loh would like to see happen, is impossible. When presidential candidates talk about improving schools, I laugh out loud.
The first matter of business to make schools better is to close the borders—no new non-English speaking students.
When that happens, we can talk about education reform.