A lot of publicity has been given to the recent Immigration Law passed in Arizona that sets an already overworked police force up for racial profiling accusations. Apparently, Texas is planning on introducing a similar law that would set up even more debates about immigration. Even more recently, Governor hopeful of Alabama, Tim James, has vowed to follow this bandwagon and eliminate all foreign languages from the Crimson State. Check out what he has to say:
With the airwaves filled with such ignorance and intolerance regarding race, what effects could these laws have on our ELLs (English Language Learners)?
Most educators have been blessed enough to have ELL students over the course of their career. Although the language gaps can be challenging, the cultural literacy that our ELL students bring to the table are tremendously helpful to the teaching of tolerance in our rooms. Without their differences, our students would have less outlets to understand the world outside of their communities.
That is why the laws that the State lawmakers are writing are illogical, uneducated, and damaging to our nation’s progress. These laws are ridding our nation of its cultural uniqueness, its future bilingual leaders, and a gold-mine of diversity. As a result of these losses, it will become harder for our students to become successful in the future globalized society that Arizona, Texas, and Alabama are attempting to impede. There’s got to be another way.
President Obama has already put in has two cents about the law, and thankfully they are being reviewed now by the Supreme Court. But in the meantime, we can’t help but wonder what is going on in the minds of our ELL students, especially those who are here legally, but their parents not.
May Jesus live in our hearts forever!