In another example of indoctrination in the public school system and the perpetuation of myths in the immigration debate the Columbus Dispatch reports of a teacher that makes her students act like an illegal immigrant to gain “insight” into their plight. The Dispatch reports that Erica of Olentangy Liberty High School has her students fill out all the legal paper work then writes (in red ink no less) DENIED then has her students go the illegal method. Since the denial of immigrants is not a random act by the US, there is no discussion of why the legal way didn’t work, why they must no try illegal methods (as oppose trying again) and why these “immigrants must get into the US so desperately that they must break the law to do it. There are more options to a potential immigrant then are presented in this teaching exercise and it is nothing more than indoctrinating them into feeling sorry for illegal immigrants thus helping mold these young minds into thinking that there should be no restrictions on people wanted to gain access to the US. Per the article there is no mention of the drain these illegal will have on tax payers, that there are specific reasons why immigration is denied and that just because you want something and are denied doesn’t mean you should break the law. Some interesting quotes:
The students had to go to real businesses and ask for Spanish-language job
applications. They had to visit a bank and ask for new-account documents
written in Spanish.
Vieyra promised them that the process -- even in
make-believe -- would frustrate them. But they would gain, she hoped, an
understanding of what is one of the most important political and
humanitarian issues facing the U.S. government today.
If you can’t change the minds of the adults making the
decisions, go after the children it is as simple as that. By making the
alternative view seem harsh and wrong, a teacher can influence a child to think
as they do. My point is made for me in the teachers final quote of the
"These kids will become our leaders, maybe even the people who make the laws,"
she said. "At the very least, they'll certainly be the people who vote on them.
Shouldn't they learn something about it all now?"
……and agree with her point-of-view on the issue no less. What grade do you think a student would have gotten if they refused to be an illegal?