Thank you for reply, Woody. While it is true that the loss of control re immigration is a problem that must be dealt with, I found the post too hurtful to respond immediately.
I teach in California, but I'm indeed fortunate to be in a well-funded school district with an ethnic rainbow of students in my classes. They range from the sons and daughters of Stanford professors and Silicon Valley millionaires to children from a very troubled town adjacent to Palo Alto. Don't like to stereotype, but the Latino children tend to be wonderful artists. Many are assigned to the Resource Room for their other elective period, so I make sure their core teachers know when that they are doing exhibitable art work in my class.
Okay, these particular children are probably fortunate enough not to be undocumented, but they are fine children, the future of this country, and it's a good future if we will let it be.
---- Original message ----
>Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2006 22:09:12 -0600
>From: Woody Duncan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Political Opinions- San Francisco
>To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <email@example.com>
> I agree with not putting political opinions on the list. But, often
>it can not be
>helped. My own comments and yours about proudly teaching all who walk
>the doors is a political opinion as well. So we can't chastise
>someone who voices
>an opinion just because we find it offensive.
>On Sep 6, 2006, at 9:08 PM, Gabrielle Bliss wrote:
>> It was my understanding that political opinions were not welcome on
>> the list.
>> Hate speech and racism are not welcome anywhere. Please keep it off
>> the list.
>> Gabrielle in Minnesota- proudlt teaching all who walk through the
>> doors of public education
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Shannon McGraw <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>> The answer is to stop giving the candy store away to illegals. I
>>> sorry for teachers in Calif. and Texas and elsewhere. I was in one of
>>> those schools a couple of years ago...thank God, I'm in a great
>>> privateschool now. And if you call me 'racists'........get a life.
>>> illegals are destroying this country and invading everything
>>> our schools at such numbers...who can teach them? If we don't
>>> stop it
>>> and get a breather like we did in the '20's, it's only going to get
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