...The Mexican government opened its latest Plaza Comunitaria, or Community Plaza, Thursday at San Fernando Middle School... There are 13 such centers throughout Los Angeles County, aimed at helping Mexican nationals complete their basic education. The centers offer free classes, in person or through video and the Internet, to Mexican nationals living in the U.S.Teaching someone in Spanish out of Mexican textbooks assists their assimilation into the U.S.? Is Anna Gorman completely stupid, or does she think the Los Angeles Times' readers are? Note also that San Fernando Middle School is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
...More than 40% of Mexican nationals over age 25 living in the U.S. had less than a ninth-grade education, according to 2005 data compiled by the Pew Hispanic Center.
Consular officials said the Spanish-language classes improve immigrants' self-esteem and enable them to help their children with schoolwork. The education in their native tongue also better prepares immigrants to learn English and encourages their assimilation. Hundreds of Mexican nationals have taken classes since the first local center opened in 2003. There are similar programs elsewhere, including San Jose and San Bernardino.
[One of the article's two protagonists (both are legal residents)] said he was interested in learning about the history of his country so he could pass that culture along to his children.That could be benign, or it could be something else.
Space for the program is provided by schools and community centers, and the Mexican government supplies the textbooks. Students work at their own pace with the help of mostly volunteer teachers or tutors.At least part of the bills are thus picked up by the U.S.
Immigration2008a · Fri, 01/11/2008 - 20:53 · Importance: 1