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  • America's Stonehenge: New Hampshire rocks history or hoax?

    09/25/2015 9:01:11 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 12 replies ^ | September 20, 2015 | BY RIK STEVENS Associated Press
    SALEM, N.H. — Using the astronomical chart on a table in the covered tower, visitors aim their gaze along worn arrows to huge, upright stones hundreds of feet away. Beyond each slab of granite, clearings stretch the eye to the horizon on a dazzling day in late summer New Hampshire. On Wednesday's autumnal equinox, people will flock to the woods near the Massachusetts state line, watch the sun rise or fall over the massive chunks of granite and decide for themselves whether they're standing amid relics of ancient history or pure hooey.
  • Jeb Bush strikes back at Donald Trump in Spanish (again)

    09/04/2015 6:32:09 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    A defiant Jeb Bush struck back at Donald Trump on Thursday, declaring in English and Spanish that he would campaign with "los brazos abiertos" -- arms wide open. It was an admonishment of Trump's suggestion to Breitbart News on Tuesday that Bush should refrain from speaking in Spanish and "set the example by speaking English while in the United States." During a town hall in Hampton, New Hampshire, Bush didn't back down in the face of Trump's criticism, alleging that Trump would lead the Republican Party to defeat in next year's election. In another sign that the Bush's campaign no...
  • Barack Hussein Obama and the Day of Jewish Calamity

    07/28/2014 10:53:10 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 07/21/2010 | Bill Randles
    Barak Hussein Obama's introduction to the world in 2004 occurred on July 27 July. The date on the Jewish Calendar was Tisha b'Av. The 9th of Av. The same date of virtually all major Jewish Calamities occurred: (see them below) The First Temple built by King Solomon and the Kingdom of Judah was destroyed The Second Temple built by Ezra and Nehemiah was destroyed by the Romans The Romans crushed Bar Kokhba's revolt and destroyed the city of Betar, killing over 100,000 Jews Following the Bar Kokhba revolt, Roman commander Turnus Rufus plowed the site of the Temple and the...
  • Unearthed Hittite artifacts in Istanbul break new ground [sic, Hurrians]

    11/03/2013 9:48:46 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Thursday, October 31, 2013 | Omer Erbil
    Traces of the Hurrian civilization discovered in excavations in the ancient city of Bathonea in Istanbul's Küçükçekmece river basin are being hailed as the year's most important discovery as they provide the first ever proof that the Hittites came to Europe and civilisations' long history... The traces from the Hurrian civilization -- the early Hittite era -- were found in the Küçükçekmece river basin in the western parts of the city. The discoveries -- iron god and goddess statues that were found in two different places -- have created great excitement among researchers... Two Hurrian statues, bitumen, tin and...
  • The Emperor Has No New Clothes (Neil Munro)

    06/20/2012 4:33:15 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies ^ | June 20, 2012 | annem040359
    On Friday of last week, while at the White House‘s Rose Garden, a very interesting thing had happen to prove that even now, President Barack Hussein Obama did go over the line with this surprise decision to not deport young adults illegals who came over to the United States of America as infants or small children. It took the USA by complete surprise, considering on Friday afternoons is the traditional end of the week documents dumping time. But the really BIG SURPRISE came when a gentleman from the online blog called “The Daily Caller‘s” Neil Munro out of the blue...
  • Dire consequences.

    09/14/2011 12:02:49 PM PDT · by MCSP2008 · 92 replies
    Dire consequences. In political arena you have options: 1) be on idiot or 2) be absolutely clueless of what’s going on, and then is 3) purposely pretend to be on side of groups, while dismantling fabric of nation. You choose. We are leaving in world upside down, what is right is portrayed as clueless selfish thinking, while what is wrong is being perceived as well organize community and structure of thoughts as well human beings. It is in that context that so many in media as well in political arena, were able to not only destroy essence of what is...
  • Gov. Bill Haslam pushes for immigration reform bill; English-only driver’s licenses

    02/16/2011 10:10:09 AM PST · by mandaladon · 6 replies
    The State Column ^ | 10 Feb 2011
    Tennessee governor Bill Haslam is pushing state legislators to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The Tennessee Republican said Wednesday he is working with state Republican legislative leaders to develop a broad-based bill aimed at addressing illegal immigration. Mr. Haslam says he plans to put forth a number of bills, all of which are meant to address a certain immigration issue. One of the proposals would require the written portion of driver’s license exams be given in English, a proposal that has sparked debate in the past. “What I want to make certain is that those businesses that have located...
  • Boston agrees to help non-English-speakers in classroom

    10/01/2010 11:40:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 1, 2010 | James Vaznis
    About 8,300 students in Boston who are not fluent in English will receive the extra help to which they are legally entitled to overcome their language barriers, under a settlement reached between federal civil rights investigators and the Boston public schools. The agreement, announced this afternoon by local and federal officials, caps off an investigation launched earlier this year by the US departments of education and justice, who were concerned that Boston schools had been denying thousands of students appropriate services to learn English since 2003. The students, starting this school year, now receive specialized instruction in core academic classes,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Alert Issued for 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base

    06/17/2010 3:59:12 PM PDT · by TaraP · 113 replies · 3,961+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 17th, 2010
    A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from a Texas Air Force base where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots are taught English, has learned. The Afghan officers and enlisted men have security badges that give them access to secure U.S. defense installations, according to the lookout bulletin, "Afghan Military Deserters in CONUS [Continental U.S.]," issued by Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Dallas, and obtained by The Afghans were attending the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The DLI program teaches...
  • Is 'Journalist' Another Job Americans Won't Do?

    02/18/2010 11:41:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies · 683+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 18, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    Whenever criticizing grammar and punctuation, you run the risk of being labeled punctilious.  Worse still, since even many good writers involved in Internet journalism disgorge the odd typo, there's the chance you will come to be regarded as an expert on the glass-house real estate market. Yet there's no doubt that the much lamented decline in journalism is about style as well as substance.  And, just occasionally, you encounter an example of it that demands some attention. Such is a Channel 13 Action News (ABC) article titled "Las Vegas Mayor Goodman rejects Obama invitation," a piece that is, you might say,...
  • The Party of Defeat?s Haditha Lie Crumbles

    04/01/2008 3:53:22 AM PDT · by Saoirise · 3 replies · 77+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 04/01/2008 | Ben Johnsin
    THE COLLECTED TALES OF AMERICAN ATROCITIES, WHICH LEFTISTS RELY UPON THE WAY OTHERS SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES FOR SOLACE, is getting shorter. Like allegations of torture at Guantanamo, Koran desecration, and detainee murders in Afghanistan, the Haditha “massacre” is increasingly being exposed as a fairy tale. Unfortunately, this canard was invented and popularized, not by terrorist propagandists to discredit an enemy army, but by American politicians to demonize U.S. soldiers and drain their own nation's will to fight an ongoing war – a war which we are winning and which the same politicians voted to authorize. Last Friday, the government dismissed...
  • Why so series?...hugh?

    01/11/2010 7:00:31 PM PST · by Jihadi Du Jour · 69 replies · 1,760+ views
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  • When "For The Children" Really Isn't

    10/30/2009 2:06:48 PM PDT · by sdkruiser · 5 replies · 254+ views
    Stephen Kruiser ^ | 10/30/09 | Stephen Kruiser
    Another Lefty feel-good idea gone horribly awry. Wow, it turns out that the best way to make non-English speaking students stop feeling isolated and make them part of American society is to make them speak English. Waiting for La Raza to condemn this as racist in 3...2... Yes, I'm about to go off on another "politics of emotion" diatribe. Like most modern education ideas designed to make the kids' lives easier while they're in school, long-term ESL programs have the predictable effect of hurting the kids outside of school. This is what happens when the showered-up hippies are allowed to...
  • Britain: English a Minority Language in Some London Schools

    09/06/2009 11:14:49 PM PDT · by blueglass · 18 replies · 607+ views
    Trumpet ^ | 8-13-09
    Pupils who speak English as a first language are in the minority in 13 out of London’s 33 boroughs, according to official figures released Tuesday. Fifty-six percent of children in elementary schools in inner London do not speak English as their first language. Throughout the country, English is not the mother tongue to one in seven elementary-school-aged children. Such high numbers of inexperienced, and in many cases, incapable, English speakers is putting a heavy burden on Britain’s education system. Far more disturbing than this, though, is that it shows how much immigration is changing Britain. The data, from the Department...
  • S. Korea: Bad times at home keep English teachers here

    06/15/2009 8:36:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 414+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 06/15/09 | Ben Hancock
    Bad times at home keep English teachers here June 15, 2009 Alexis Cuperus, an American living in Korea, says she won’t be going home this year, and maybe not the next year either. Teaching English in the city of Jinju, South Gyeongsang, Cuperus had planned to head back to school and seek her teacher licensure in Texas next March. But, like many expatriates here, fear of sinking into debt without a job to help dig her out have led her to re-evaluate. “I’m definitely in the boat of many English teachers in South Korea,” she says. As North America continues...
  • Dealing With Chinese University Students Who Want Something For Nothing

    12/23/2008 6:38:47 PM PST · by robertvance · 8 replies · 788+ views
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 12/23/2008 | Robert Vance
    I am a compassionate guy. Really. It is just that I vainly called these students’ names week-after-week wondering where they were. I never received a phone call; not even a note. I have no way to verify whether or not their stories of disease, famine, tragedy, etc, are really true or not...
  • English is a Booming Business in China

    10/14/2008 7:32:23 PM PDT · by robertvance · 22 replies · 653+ views ^ | 10/12/2008 | Robert Vance
    Thus, learning English in China is no longer just important. It is the bare minimum for any serious student. Not learning English here would be tantamount to not studying math or science.Beyond that, Chinese students who want to use their English to further their career will have to do more than just become familiar with the language. They will have to become fluent in it because there is now simply too much competition. English speakers are a 'dime a dozen' in China and companies, especially foreign ones, can now be much pickier when they hire their English speaking staff members.
  • Photo In The News: DNA-Based Neanderthal Face Unveiled

    09/19/2008 7:20:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 60 replies · 2,703+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | September 17, 2008 | David Braun
  • Ex-teacher accused of stomping Old Glory

    06/20/2008 9:49:08 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 14 replies · 205+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | June 20, 2008 | WorldNetDaily
    Ex-teacher accused of stomping Old Glory Reports reacting to confiscation of Mexican banner from student Posted: June 20, 2008 6:35 pm Eastern © 2008 WorldNetDaily A former teacher in Idaho has been charged under a state law that bans desecration of the U.S. flag after he allegedly threw Old Glory on the floor of an administrator's office at Minico High School and stomped it, breaking the pole and ripping the flag from its fastenings.
  • Dual language program

    01/28/2008 6:05:45 PM PST · by spintreebob · 39 replies · 15,837+ views ^ | 1-17-08 | Kerry Lester
    After years of pleading with the Elgin Area U-46 school board for middle school dual-language opportunities, a group of Channing Elementary parents are in panic mode. “We’re nervous for our sixth-graders,” said Kristen Webb. “After seven years of dual language study, there are no programs in place for them when they head to middle school.” Channing’s dual language program, unique among U-46 schools, was established seven years ago, splitting a select group of students’ school days and subjects, between Spanish and English. Currently, officials said, there are two dual language kindergarten classes, two each in first and second grades, one...
  • US 2008 Frontrunner Huckabee's secret Power : Capacity to stimulate People's Energy !

    01/06/2008 7:17:17 PM PST · by Galaxy · 16 replies · 121+ views
    US 2008 Frontruner Huckabee's secret Power : Capacity to stimulate People's Energy ! + More reasons for US 2008 Popular Frontrunner Huckabee For the Substance : See our previous publication ( ) + Meanwhile, Governor Mike Huckabee succeeded to win the 1st, and symbolically most important, US 2008 Presidential Election Caucuses at Iowa, almost by a .. Miracle : => Empowered only by People's Energy, with less Money than anyone else : Less than 2m$, while others spend 40, 60 or even more !.. It was the same People who gave to US President GWBush a surprising Victory on...
  • Immigrants' children grow fluent in English, study says

    11/30/2007 10:44:02 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 34 replies · 71+ views
    LA Times ^ | 30 November 2007 | Anna Gorman,
    study released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, reports that in families like the Peredas, for whom Spanish is the dominant language among immigrant parents, English fluency increases across generations. By the third generation, Spanish has essentially faded into the background. Latinos recognize that learning English is key to economic success, according to the study, which was based on survey data collected between 2002 and 2007. "The ability to speak English is a crucial skill for getting a good job and integrating into the wider society," said D'Vera Cohn, a senior writer at...
  • Spanish-Speaking Workers Challenge English-Only Policy at Sheet Metal Factory

    11/26/2007 5:36:35 PM PST · by boughtwithaprice · 51 replies · 193+ views
    After a sheet metal plant in Connecticut ordered its employees to speak only English on the job because of safety concerns, five Spanish-speaking workers decided to take the company to court. The employees, who are legal immigrants, say the rule amounts to discrimination and actually makes the workplace more hazardous. "I can think of no good reason for them to institute this policy," said Steven Jacobs, the lawyer for the workers who are suing GC Industries in Deep River, Conn. "It's offensive to people who speak Spanish and is potentially dangerous. It inhibits them from communicating in their native tongue...
  • Teachers from Mexico to Help Fill Positions in Utah School Districts

    06/12/2007 2:02:41 PM PDT · by batter · 56 replies · 1,462+ views
    KSL ^ | 11 June 2007 | Tonya Papanikolas
    Several Utah school districts have just hired a total of 12 new teachers from Mexico. The State Office of Education has been working on the plan for almost a year. This is part of an agreement Governor Huntsman made with Mexico when he visited there a couple years ago. School districts say they're happy about it. The teachers will be filling positions that districts can't seem to staff right now. At the same time, the teachers will help a growing population of Hispanic students in the state. School districts are having a harder and harder time finding elementary school teachers,...
  • English Tutors Complain of Chinese Abuse (Death Invloved)

    08/06/2006 1:20:25 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 14 replies · 840+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Sat Aug 5, 2006 | AUDRA ANG
    BEIJING - Tanya Davis fled Jizhou No. 1 Middle School one winter morning in March before the sun rose over the surrounding cotton fields covered with stubble from last fall's crop. ADVERTISEMENT In the nine months Davis and her boyfriend had taught English at the school in rural north China, they had endured extra work hours, unpaid salaries and frigid temperatures without heating and, on many days, electricity. Hearts pounding and worried their employer would find a pretext to stop them leaving, the couple lugged their backpacks, suitcase, books and guitar past a sleeping guard and into a taxi. As...
  • Legal Question About the Workplace

    08/03/2006 6:08:16 PM PDT · by RepubMommy · 15 replies · 317+ views
    I do not imagine that there are too many labor lawyers posting here on FR however does anyone have an info citing that is it against the law for an employer to "require" you to speak Spanish? Thanks, guys:)
  • Lawsuit alleges segregation (from liberal English as 2nd Language program)

    04/19/2006 10:58:14 AM PDT · by hispanarepublicana · 13 replies · 551+ views
    Ft. Worth Star Telegram ^ | 4/19/06 | Melissa Sanchez
    By MELISSA SÀNCHEZ Star-Telegram Staff Writer The nation's leading Mexican-American legal organization filed suit in a federal court Tuesday against the Dallas school district and the principal of a north Dallas elementary school on allegations of segregation and discrimination. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund represents parents who say Preston Hollow Elementary School and Principal Teresa Parker illegally use its English as a second language program to segregate Hispanic and minority students from Anglo students, regardless of their language abilities, officials say. For example, some Hispanic students are being placed in ESL classes even though they can speak...
  • Under-funded Public Schools Hire More Unprepared "Emergency Teachers"

    12/02/2005 12:41:12 PM PST · by FreeRepublic76 · 19 replies · 918+ views
    Education News ^ | 12/2/05 | Brian Greenley
    An Interview with Christina Asquith: About “The Emergency Teacher” Tuesday, November 8, 2005 Suzi Cottrell Michael F. Shaughnessy Eastern New Mexico University Portales, New Mexico 1) You have recently written a book about “The Emergency Teachers” What prompted you to write this book? Literature is a powerful teaching tool. When I started my first year teaching in a low-income, urban school, I searched for books by other new teachers to use as a model for myself. But I couldn’t find anything that was realistic and written by a teacher. So, when my year ended, and I had learned so...
  • Look who turns one

    06/29/2005 7:14:46 AM PDT · by al baby · 120 replies · 2,201+ views
    Self ^ | 6/29/05 | Al baby
    The Stunned Beeber thread, The thread that started lots of fun and sillyness this could be a hugh and series day so stop by and wish this one year old Happy Beeber day
  • Unclear on American Campus: What the Foreign Teacher Said

    06/24/2005 9:17:57 AM PDT · by Archangelsk · 6 replies · 555+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 6/24/05 | By ALAN FINDER
    Valerie Serrin still remembers vividly her anger and the feeling of helplessness. After getting a C on a lab report in an introductory chemistry course, she went to her teaching assistant to ask what she should have done for a better grade. The teaching assistant, a graduate student from China, possessed a finely honed mind. But he also had a heavy accent and a limited grasp of spoken English, so he could not explain to Ms. Serrin, a freshman at the time, what her report had lacked. "He would just say, 'It's easy, it's easy,' " said Ms. Serrin, who...
  • California's Schools' AGENDA

    04/10/2005 10:42:48 AM PDT · by bannie · 15 replies · 636+ views
    10 APR 05 | Self
    OPEN COURT is a government-approved reading program for elementry children in California Schools. It is one of only two which are approved. I do not know what the other one is. I do know that this program is creating children who are totally socialist. Basically, it is a program in which students MUST work two and a half uninterrupted hours each day (on just Open Court (This time-requirement is set by a state mandate called, "Reading First."). The program is put ahead of math--the principal at the known school has told the teachers to "forget about math" because they will...

    01/04/2005 4:00:40 PM PST · by Conservative Firster · 11 replies · 464+ views
    STEIN REPORT ^ | January 04 2005 | STEIN REPORT
    In a textbook example of how firms push the costs of immigration onto local communities, the Anderson Fabrics company is importing foreign workers to Blackduck, Minnesota. The company first tried bringing Hmong workers, but that plan failed. "Blackduck community leaders say there was, indeed, a culture clash. The arrival of Hmong workers was sudden, no one in Blackduck spoke their language and only a few of the Hmong spoke English. With relatively little warning, the school district had to create an English as a Second Language Program for about two dozen new Hmong children." Now the company is seeking state...
  • Students must meet proficiency level

    09/09/2004 7:05:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies · 397+ views
    Valley Press ^ | on Wednesday, September 8, 2004. | BILLY SMUCK and CHRIS AMICO
    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of three stories on recent school test results and the No Child Left Behind Act. Teachers and administrators are struggling with a paradox built into the state standards under the No Child Left Behind Act. Federal standards require that students with learning disabilities and English learners meet the same level of proficiency as their peers. And that has put a failing label on many otherwise adequate or improving schools. No Child Left Behind requires all students meet the same standards, which are set by states. The act divides test-takers into subgroups based on ethnicity,...
  • Not Guilty by Reason of Limited English proficiency

    02/08/2004 4:43:09 AM PST · by lainde · 30 replies · 219+ views
    US English Inc. ^ | February 2, 2004 | Rob Toonkel
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 2, 2004 Contact: Rob Toonkel (202) 833-0100 Not Guilty By Reason of Limited English Proficiency Pennsylvania case illustrates a dangerous future of justice In a terrifying blow to the future of law enforcement and criminal proceedings, Bucks County [Pa.] prosecutors were forced to drop drug charges against a man after a Pennsylvania Superior Court declared a search void due to the accused's inability to understand English. After Pennsylvania police pulled over New York resident Miqueas Acosta for driving with an expired safety sticker in June 2000, a subsequent search of his vehicle found a kilo of...
  • English Immersion Is Slow Going [... For Teacher Acceptance.]

    12/26/2003 4:49:49 AM PST · by johnny7 · 9 replies · 183+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 12/26/2003 | Anand Vaishnav
    <p>Three months after Massachusetts public schools launched voter-approved English immersion classes for thousands of immigrant children, reality is hitting home for their teachers: Many students will have to remain in immersion classes longer than the one-year time limit specified by the new law.</p>
  • Meeting Addresses "No Child Left Behind" Act

    11/30/2003 12:32:56 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 3 replies · 165+ views
    Cheyenne, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | 11-30-03 | Orr, Becky
    Meeting addresses 'No Child' act By Becky Orr Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle CHEYENNE - A federal law that brings major changes in public education to Wyoming and across the country will be the focus of a town hall meeting Monday. People who have questions about what the No Child Left Behind Act means can ask the experts during the meeting at Laramie County Community College. U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., will join State Superintendent of Public Instruction Trent Blankenship and assistant secretary of legislation Karen Johnson from the U.S. Department of Education. They'll explain what the No Child...
  • Alternative Languages to English on the Rise in Homes

    10/11/2003 6:23:55 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 3 replies · 270+ views
    Cheyenne, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | 11-10-03 | Dynes, Michelle
    English alternatives at home on rise The Census Bureau found that nearly one in five Americans speak a language other than English while at home. By Michelle Dynes Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle CHEYENNE - Some 47 million Americans ages 5 and older used a language other than English at home in 2000, according to a new Census Bureau report. This translates into nearly one in five Americans compared with roughly one in seven 10 years earlier. Most speak Spanish, followed by Chinese, with Russian rising fast. The Spanish-speaking population rose by 62 percent over the past decade to...
  • Bilingualism on Rise

    10/09/2003 7:38:44 AM PDT · by wildbill · 25 replies · 446+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 10/09/2003 | Sonya Garza
    Bilingualism on the rise By Sonja Garza San Antonio Express-News Web Posted : 10/09/2003 12:00 AM As a child growing up in the border town of Laredo, Maria Elena Garcia — like most everybody else she knew — spoke both Spanish and English at home. Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia says when he was growing up, he wasn't allowed to speak Spanish at school. But the latest Census Bureau report says that in seven Texas counties — including Hidalgo — 80 percent speak a non-English language at home. Associated Press Graphic: Language at home Flash plugin needed to view graphic....
  • Foreign language spoken in 20% of U.S. homes

    10/09/2003 5:32:24 PM PDT · by CoolGuyVic · 18 replies · 269+ views
    Chicago-Sun Times ^ | October 9, 2003 | AP
    Foreign language spoken in 20% of U.S. homes October 9, 2003 WASHINGTON -- Nearly one in five Americans speaks a language other than English at home, the Census Bureau says, after a surge of nearly 50 percent during the past decade. Most speak Spanish, followed by Chinese, with Russian rising fast.
  • Foreign tongues spoken more at home

    10/08/2003 11:41:46 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 187+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, October 9, 2003
    <p>Nearly one in five Americans speaks a language other than English at home, the Census Bureau says, mostly speaking Spanish, followed by Chinese, with Russian rising fast.</p> <p>About 47 million Americans age 5 and older used a language other than English in 2000, the bureau said. That translates into the nearly one in five, compared with roughly one in seven 10 years earlier.</p>
  • Language a concern for educators (No Child Left Behind, Bilingual Education "E-lert")

    08/23/2003 9:26:32 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 1 replies · 336+ views
    WTNH-TV, New Haven ^ | August 22, 2003 | Erin Cox
    (Waterbury-WTNH, Aug. 22, 2003 5:30 PM) _ The day after state education officials listed about 150 Connecticut schools as failing to meet specific standards, educators are voicing their concerns about students who speak English as a second language. "You tell me that every teacher has to be qualified in every subject, that just doesn't work," says Superintendent John O'Brien of Region 1. Connecticut educators are trying to give the feds a reality check about putting the No Child Left Behind law into practice. Meriden principal Miguel Cardona says forcing kids who don't speak English to take the test makes no...
  • Any Freeper ESL teachers out there?

    06/11/2003 9:12:49 AM PDT · by DC native · 6 replies · 301+ views
    Are there any Freepers who are teaching English as a second language? I have just started my first class in the ESL teacher certification program at a Virginia public university. I am already completely disheartened at the leftist push toward bilingual instruction versus English immersion, with not even a pretense of balanced research to evaluate both methods. I fear the entire program is going to consist of political indoctrination. The rest of the students swallow and parrot the instructor's anti "Anglo" drivel. I would like to hear from anyone else who is in the same boat.....
  • Students: English-only test "unfair": Hundreds of seniors stage protest over state exam

    05/09/2003 2:19:05 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 114 replies · 555+ views ^ | Friday, May 9, 2003
    Waving signs and chanting "No FCAT," about 200 students protested Florida's standardized assessment test outside Miami Senior High School, reports WPLG-TV. The demonstration followed the release earlier this week of students' results on Florida's Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT. The annual exam is given to students in third through 10th grade. The Associated Press reports nearly 14,000 12th-graders still haven't passed the FCAT, which puts their graduation in jeopardy. About 100 out of 500 seniors from Miami Senior High who took the exam failed, according to the Miami-Dade County School Board. Many of the protesting students call the test unfair...
  • New guidelines leave educators fuming, worried

    04/06/2003 7:49:20 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 14 replies · 192+ views
    The Tennessean ^ | April 6, 2003 | DIANE LONG
    <p>Tomorrow morning, Principal Oliver Smith will gather a group of 25 newly arrived immigrant students at Wright Middle School and tell them, through interpreters, that they have to take the state's annual achievement tests — in English.</p> <p>Under previous test-taking rules, the students would have been exempt.</p>

    10/19/2002 10:32:10 AM PDT · by forest · 8 replies · 313+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #292 ^ | 10-20-02 | Doug Fiedor
    The State of California seems to have a problem with English. As our common language, English should be used for all government business. However, some special interest groups out west feel otherwise. For instance, a quick look at the California Secretary of State web page(1) shows that voters there do not need to read and write in English in order to vote. Among the languages in which California will provide voter information are English, Spanish, Japanese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Chinese. Of course, those who do not understand English obviously also do not know the issues and have little or no...
  • Questions raised Over mural's ethnic inclusiveness

    05/03/2002 5:57:43 PM PDT · by Betteboop · 69 replies · 476+ views
    Windsor Hights Herald | May 3, 2002
    A recently-completed mural at Hightstown High School has drawn the attention of resident David Abalos, an advocate for the school district's English as a second language program. The halls of Hightstown High School are more colorful thanks to a new mural completed this week by art teacher Bill Plank. But not colorful enough for East Windsor resident David Abalos, a Princeton professor of sociology. The mural, "A Walk Through Time," which depicts a cultural and art historical timeline from prehistoric cave drawings through Michelangelo and The Beatles, has sparked a mini-controversy over its European-dominated imagery. "The mural attempts to look...