The next Einstein may well be an illegal immigrant already living amongst us
I was just discussing with a fellow teacher our most important role in helping teens become independent as adults; I told him that I had met an ex-student, a special education one, working in a supermarket packing goods for customers. It was a most uplifting experience as I had some doubts as to whether he could make it in ‘real’ life, considering his low intelligence level and lack of motivation while in school. Of course, bagging products doesn’t make one financially independent, but at least he has made the effort to get a job and earn a few dollars, a boon for his parents without a doubt.
This article is dedicated to all Mexican and Central American young people who came to this country illegally, albeit without knowledge of their condition, and attended the American school system. They became Americans in spirit if not on paper; I met a few in my high school over the 11 years I have been teaching and so far, all have shown a strong desire to excel and become officially American citizens. Like me, they spent their first years in a different country, spoke a different language, and observed different ceremonies to honor their heritage. But today, they speak English better than their native tongue, mostly Spanish, and know more about this country’s history than many of their classmates. The fact that the school districts have, for the most part, refrained from demanding immigration status when registering them the first year is a testimony that educators are not politicians, luckily. The teachers see some kids who want to learn and that’s all that matters.
Bust of Aristotle. Marble, Roman copy after a Greek bronze original by Lysippos from 330 BC; the alabaster mantle is a modern addition. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences (Aristotle)
No, I am not talking about any of the three musketeers (i.e. Athos, Porthos) but about the new craze that has invaded both the business world and the public high schools, the last case for the English writing class in particular. We the teachers are trying to explain the secrets of persuasive essays to our teen audience. The private sector is hiring experts in Aristotelian rhetoric to learn how to convince their employees and customers of any new policies or products and the surprise findings is that pathos is more effective than logos. In the case of students the problem is to teach them the difference between the three areas and show them how to write a persuasive essay based on those three concepts.