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    I teach grad students in ESL. You're not one of my students, are you?

    I spent eight years in Alaska, teaching ESL in an all-bilingual school district. Great schools there. At the time we were getting a lot of Title VII (federal bilingual ed) funding, but that barely exists anymore thanks to the neo-cons' dread of people speaking something that isn't English. So the funding that was there then is gone now, and of course Alaska will fight to the death against a state income tax or state anything tax, but for the moment the situation there is good, quite good, and the teachers are superb.

    I moved to North Carolina a year ago to teach grad school, and the public schools here frankly appall me. The teacher shortage is so severe that plenty of classes are being taught by "lateral entry" teachers... the main problem with them is that many of them never wanted to be teachers. And, of course, the schools are resegregating via a program called "school choice".

    But I'm much more bothered by the vast "Christian" schools here, where poor, ignorant people pay cash money to ensure that their offspring will be as ignorant as themselves. Sigh.

    The less a man knows about how sausages and laws are made, the easier it is to steal his vote and give him botulism.

    by SensibleShoes on Sat Nov 20, 2004 at 06:19:20 PM PST

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