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Old 08-26-2009, 09:40 AM
 
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Dear Mr. Durbon, South San I.S.D Superintendent

I am writing because I am confused and do not understand why a district in the heart of the South Side of San Antonio (with over 95% Hispanics) does not have a bilingual program. Oh, that’s right, you call it Early Exit, which means the same thing, that there is no Bilingual program.
We are being told that our children’s primary language is not “good enough” for them to learn. Bilingual students are being taught in English beginning in Pre-K and Kinder.

This is discriminating to students. Even though you do not have a bilingual program, you gladly accept millions of $$$$$ dollars in bilingual funds. Yet, this money is not being used for our bilingual children. You are taking their money and using it wrongfully. This money should be used to support programs for our bilingual children.

Perhaps this explains your Unacceptable Standing. Instead of criticizing the TEA’s rating and trying to make an excuse for your Unacceptable rating, you should review your lack of a Bilingual program.

It is unfortunate that my children are being deprived their primary language. I am a well-educated single mother who wants the best for her children. I believe that children who succeed in 2 languages are SMARTER!!!

Yes, I understand that you want them tested in English. However, you do not give them the opportunity to learn cognitive skills in their primary language and transfer it to English. This has proven to be SUCCESSFUL in your neighbor districts.

I have done some research, and districts with STRONG dual language bilingual programs, for example Harlandale, Alamo Heights, East Central, SAISD properly prepare bilingual students AND have “ACCEPTABLE RATINGS.”

Just like you take away a children’s right show their belief in GOD, you are taking away their right to learn and be BILINGUAL.
Please stop taking shortcuts in education. Stop doing what is easier or less paperwork.

How would you feel if I told you, you had to take your classes in CHINESE or a foreign language? Wouldn’t you be confused and feel incompetent?

I am forwarding this letter to the TEA, principals and to local news stations.

I really do hope that you will take this letter seriously and do what is RIGHT with your Bilingual money. Or Maybe it will take an audit to help you Change your Mind!!!

USE it for your Bilingual Students!

Sincerely,
A Bilingual mother
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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If they're accepting funds for a program, they should use it for that program, BUT....English IS the primary language in this country, and students should be taught in English. To not do so would be damaging to the child in the future. The best way to completely learn a language is total immersion, and while the students may struggle with it at the beginning, they will quickly become VERY adept at the English language.

People should be proud of their heritage. But to be able to achieve at a very high level in this country, you need to know the language fluently.

Teach them to be fluent in Spanish at home, but they should be completely educated in the English language, just like you'd expect someone else to be fluent in the language of any country they're living in. It will only help the child.
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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If they're accepting funds for a program, they should use it for that program, BUT....English IS the primary language in this country, and students should be taught in English.
What happened to the whole thing about "Each district decides what to teach"?
Or is that only used when is convenient, when people want to set a national standard for education?

What percentage of people in San Antonio speak Spanish?


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Old 08-26-2009, 10:25 AM
 
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Thank you kevcrawford and to whoever sent me that direct message that was uncalled for.

The reason I posted this was to inform people that our local school districts are pocketing money for programs that they are not promoting. I understand that the primary language is English and not Spanish, French, German, etc..

I am upset that South San I.S.D offers a bilingual program but then does not teach bilingual. If the Alamo Heights I.S.D can have bilingual (Dual-Language) program, then why can't South San have one.

If we lived up North then this topic would not exist but we live in San Antonio where spanish is spoken everday.
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:32 AM
 
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''What happened to the whole thing about "Each district decides what to teach"?
Or is that only used when is convenient, when people want to set a national standard for education?''

''What percentage of people in San Antonio speak Spanish?''

This survey was done in 2007:
53.3% of residents of San Antonio speak English at home.
44.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (65% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (79% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (55% speak English very well, 28% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (69% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

Last edited by act532; 08-26-2009 at 10:34 AM.. Reason: font edit
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Old 08-26-2009, 10:43 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Thank you kevcrawford and to whoever sent me that direct message that was uncalled for.

The reason I posted this was to inform people that our local school districts are pocketing money for programs that they are not promoting. I understand that the primary language is English and not Spanish, French, German, etc..

I am upset that South San I.S.D offers a bilingual program but then does not teach bilingual. If the Alamo Heights I.S.D can have bilingual (Dual-Language) program, then why can't South San have one.

If we lived up North then this topic would not exist but we live in San Antonio where spanish is spoken everday.
Oh I think we all agree that if they're accepting money for it, they should be using it. That's an issue we should all care about. Especially since it's OUR money.

Your post definitely brings something to light that should be seen. For people to be DM'ing you, if the messages are rude, is uncalled for. We don't all have to agree, but we do need to treat each other with some civility.
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:06 PM
 
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''What happened to the whole thing about "Each district decides what to teach"?
Or is that only used when is convenient, when people want to set a national standard for education?''

''What percentage of people in San Antonio speak Spanish?''

This survey was done in 2007:
53.3% of residents of San Antonio speak English at home.
44.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (65% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (79% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (55% speak English very well, 28% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (69% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
While I support bilingual education, I would have to argue that, while some families do speak Spanish at home, I doubt that 44% speak Spanish properly. Having grown up on the Southside, I can attest to that fact. They may THINK it's Spanish, but, in the real world, they would be at a disadvantage. Tex-Mex is NOT Spanish; more like Chicano ebonics.

I agree, though, that by receiving funding for bilingual education, but not providing it, South San is doing its community a great disservice and steps need to be taken to correct it.
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:42 PM
 
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While I support bilingual education, I would have to argue that, while some families do speak Spanish at home, I doubt that 44% speak Spanish properly. Having grown up on the Southside, I can attest to that fact. They may THINK it's Spanish, but, in the real world, they would be at a disadvantage. Tex-Mex is NOT Spanish; more like Chicano ebonics.

I agree, though, that by receiving funding for bilingual education, but not providing it, South San is doing its community a great disservice and steps need to be taken to correct it.
Thank you HisLilSecret for your comment and I agree that not all South Side people speak english very well.

That's why I feel it is important for South San I.S.D to offer the bilingual program the state the offer. It helps children learn the correct pronunciation and not grow up pronuncing incorrect words.
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Old 08-26-2009, 03:07 PM
 
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Thank you HisLilSecret for your comment and I agree that not all South Side people speak english very well.

That's why I feel it is important for South San I.S.D to offer the bilingual program the state the offer. It helps children learn the correct pronunciation and not grow up pronuncing incorrect words.
I'm going to presume that you meant Spanish here. Although, your version is also true, unfortunately.
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Old 08-26-2009, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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What about the hundreds of other languages that are not taught in public schools. We can't have teachers teaching in English, Spanish, Chines, Arabic...
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