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The following afternoon, Dr. A discussion ensued over the disparity among the nine school districts in San Antonio. One student from the Edgewood ISD told the Commission that a teacher admitted to the class that he was not qualified to teach the course and for the students to bear with him. Another student from the same school district testified that the counselors encouraged them into vocational training and away from college.

On the last day of the hearing, Saturday, December 14, Dr. He posed the question, "How can we have our children maintain as many of the Mexican American values as possible and still be a success in the Anglo world?

The Commission praised the parents for supporting the students' demands. Worse yet, he stated that one-fifth of migrants are school dropouts at the preschool age because they are never enrolled. The speaker who surprised me was Harold C. The only time I had heard the name of this school district was a few years earlier when I was a high school basketball player for the St. I had no idea that, according to Mr.

Brantley, the school district had a very successful bilingual program. His philosophy, as he explained to the Commission, was that the ability for a student to speak Spanish is not a detriment, but rather an asset. And, that is the responsibility of educators--to turn this asset for the benefit of all the students, including the "little blue-eyed, blond-haired Anglo.

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In the field of education, the U. A national bilingual and bicultural program was initiated. A minimum wage law for farm migrant workers was enacted, along with raising the ceiling for welfare recipients. A few years later, in Texas, a bilingual education was mandated.

Another significant victory for farm workers was Congress' refusal to extend the Bracero Program. As an epilogue, Coincidentally, inmy first job after receiving my B. During my thirty-one years as a school administrator for the same district, I had the honor and pleasure of working very closely, both personally and professionally, with Dr. In the mids, Dr. Aurelio worked for IDRA and still does. I got the school district involved with IDRA in many important projects that greatly benefitted our students and their parents.

Our partnership between the school district and IDRA was based on mutual respect, cooperation, and support. The photograph above was taken in in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the annual conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education.

I am standing to your extreme left, from left to right. Standing in the middle, donning a white dress, is Dr. Katz and IDRA, we were honored with a national award for a very successful educational program. Joe Bernal had an illustrious career as a politician and later as an educator, where our paths crossed many times. He became the superintendent of the Harlandale ISD in San Antonio, and our close personal relationship became cemented in a lifelong friendship into our retirement years.

Bolstered by a Education Department report that found that the intensity of the high school curriculum was a strong predictor of a student's success in college, a number of states have created or expanded programs aimed at increasing student participation and training teachers for AP or International Baccalaureate IB courses, a less commonly used curriculum.

Arkansas has mandated that every school offer AP courses in four core areas by the school year. The College Board also has begun developing programs aimed at preparing students and teachers in earlier years. We have to run faster to stay ahead," says Tom Luce, assistant secretary in the Department of Education. Rafael Peralta who was killed November of by enemy action in Fallujah, Iraq.

Fighting alongside his fellow marines, and already wounded by gunshots, Peralta reached out for a grenade that was hurled by an insurgent and cradled it to his body to protect others from the blast. His heroism saved the lives of five of his fellow Marines. The shortage of bilingual and bicultural Spanish-speaking personnel in nursing and other allied health professions, coupled with the growth of the Latino population in the United States, requires training and recruitment of an ever-greater number of bilingual and bicultural health professionals.

The Latino Health Scholars Program addresses the serious shortage of bilingual and bicultural health professionals in the United States by putting Spanish-speakers in the educational pipeline for the health professions. Students selected for the scholarships will be bilingual in English and Spanish and will be committed to serving their communities and use their bilingual skills upon graduation. Applications must be postmarked on or before May 29, For more information and to download an application, log into www.

I emigrated to this country when I was 9 years old with my parents and two siblings, Lucy and Miguel. Like many stories that I've heard from the immigrant students I currently teach, I came to California thinking I was coming to Disneyland to see Mickey Mouse.

In Mexico, my parents left all we had to come to America. We left the toys I had so carefully cared for and hid from my little sister. We left all of our pictures. We left the house in which I had grown up. But the dream and the excitement of seeing Disneyland soon faded away as the first day of school in California opened its door to my new fate. My first day of school in the United States is still one of the most vivid memories of my mind.

I remember when my parents left me outside the student building and said goodbye. I wanted to cry; I wished my parents would have come back and said, "Paola, you don't have to stay; you can come home with us.

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Before I could plead with my watery eyes, "Please do not leave me, I am afraid," my parents were long gone. They walked straight down the corridor, holding hands, knowing that if they looked at me one more time my mother would run to give me one last hug. In Mexico, I had been one of the top third-grade students in the parochial school I attended. I'd always received high honors, and I considered myself not a follower, but a leader.

In classes, I would be the first one to answer questions and give out the best speeches. I loved my teachers and they seemed to love me too.

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My parents would invite them over to our house for dinner where they would talk about how proud my parents should feel raising a daughter like me. As a third-grader, I felt more than pampered by their comments. My teachers' opinions mattered to me. At that age, hearing their praise gave me the confidence to keep striving for the best.

But when the blue doors opened to my fourth-grade, room numberat Ruby Drive Elementary in California, I felt as if I had entered a completely different world. After my parents left, I stood up, grabbed my empty backpack and was greeted by my teacher, a white lady, about 40 years old with beautiful golden hair. When she saw me standing at the door she smiled. To me, she looked like a movie star. She was just how I pictured American people to be -- or at least how they had been portrayed in American movies.

The magic moment of being right in front of someone who I perceived to be a movie star shattered into pieces when my teacher opened her mouth. Out of her mouth came utterances I did not understand; she spoke words, and I had no idea what they meant. At that moment, my eyes watered.

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I faced not only the broken promise of visiting the happiest place on earth, but the realization that things were not going to be the same. The outgoing, intelligent, fast-reading third-grader I considered myself to be in Mexico masked herself as a fearful and shy fourth-grader who, to this day, still feels embarrassed about her accent.

Now I'm the teacher. As a high school Spanish teacher, working in the same district I transferred to as a student 17 years ago, the experience of entering room repeats itself in my classroom.

I am still afraid of entering my classroom and teaching a Spanish class to predominantly white American kids with whom I feel I have little in common. Every day, I enter the classroom saying to myself over and over again, "I have a master's degree in education.

I am the teacher. My accent is not as bad as I think it sounds. I've heard in my credential classes that this an excellent strategy to start the class and that it diminishes behavioral problems. I do it to make my students feel at home, and I also do it to feel in control. Greeting my students at the beginning of class gives me an opportunity to speak in my native language and for a few seconds go back to my comfort zone to regain my confidence.

However, when the tardy bell rings, I am suddenly face to face with 38 English-speaking students. That's when I point to the board and, in a soft voice in English, remind them to use their own paper and not to write on the worksheet.

From moments like this -- moments when I worry more about my accent than about connecting with students -- I've come to believe the erroneous idea that the Spanish-speaking Paola is more assertive, intelligent and articulate than the English-speaking Paola who takes such a long time to speak a correct sentence.

In my life, I did defy the odds to attend graduate school, but there remains a feeling of insecurity, of not been good enough in English and not completely fitting in. From fourth grade, all the way through high school, I tried to fit in, putting aside, and suppressing the unique difference that make me who I am.

Now, as a teacher I also try to fit in, but my Spanish students are a constant reminder of the American society of which I do not belong. I am afraid I will never be able to be accepted fully. Coming into contact with my true feelings has been a difficult process. As an adult, especially as a teacher, I find myself dealing with childhood memories and wounded feelings that still have not healed. Sometimes, I questioned why the wounds still hurt after so many years, but I've realized, that even though the pain will never completely go away, the wounds will be there as constant reminder of the accomplishments and obstacles any second language student, like me, can overcome and accomplish.

The Californian,who played a vital role in an important but oft-forgotten chapter of American history, is a driven woman, resurrecting the quiet legacy of her parents, Gonzalo and Felicitas Mndez.

They, along with other parents and on behalf of some 5, children, waged and won a landmark case against segregated schools ineight years before Brown vs.

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Board of Education would make history. This year, the 60th anniversary of Mendez vs. Westminster will be commemorated with events at St. The injustice would propel Gonzalo Mendez to appeal to the principal, superintendent and school board, all unsuccessfully. Then he hired attorney David Marcus, who'd already won discrimination lawsuits over the barring of Mexicans and Mexican Americans from public parks and pools. Mary's University Tuesday, of the case. Westminster is considered to have set the stage for Brown vs.

He later became the first black Supreme Court justice. She encourages Latino students to stay in school and reverse the dire statistics that, infound that only 6. Legislators and educators don't speak of segregation anymore. Instead they speak of de facto segregation or re-segregation, and the battleground has become funding. Mary's political science professor and one of several organizers of the Mendez events. Mendez Elementary School is But it's "a different kind of segregation.

Now, we have the right to go anywhere. Back then, there were laws keeping us from certain schools. I tell people we've come full circle. We're more segregated than we were in in certain areas. Carpet too pretty to walk on by J. Michael Parker jparker express-news. But unlike the venerable church, the gift will have a short lifespan, just two days.

It's las alfombras, "carpets" of flowers and brightly colored soils celebrating the historic link between the islands and the oldest cathedral sanctuary in the United States and depicting symbols of both the Canary Islands and San Antonio.

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In fact, it's the signature art form of the islands. We're trying to document that for the Guinness Book of Records," said chief artist Domingo Gonzalez, speaking through an interpreter. Alfonso Chiscano, president of the Friends of the Canary Islands, said these are the first alfombras they know to have been created in San Antonio. Chiscano, a Canary Islands native, said alfombras are a beautiful part of the islands' tradition.

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Many Europeans go to the islands to see the alfombra each year," Chiscano said. He hopes the same thing happens here. Elizondo Plaza is only about one-eighth the size of La Orotava's city hall plaza. But Gonzalez said the size, the difference in soils and the small number of workers make the local creation more complicated than their annual project at home.

A team of eight Canary Islands artists were involved in creating the colorful designs on Elizondo Plaza between the cathedral and the Main Plaza Building. He believes the finished product will surprise San Antonians. To help with your studies, I'll let you in on a little secret. For many Mexican Americans, two of their biggest hang-ups revolve around language and identity.

My parent's generation was punished in public school for speaking Spanish; now my generation has to put up with flak from fellow Latinos for only speaking English. In this country, we're accused of not being American enough: We belong to both countries, yet to neither. And why is that? Apparently, it's because, on the E. Ethnic Litmus TestI flunked the verbal -- the section dealing with language. As a second-generation Mexican American, I speak English.

What I don't speak well -- at least not as well as I'd like -- is Spanish. And, in the minds of some, that disqualifies me from being a legitimate spokesman for Latinos in the United States. It's just as well. I never wanted that gig in the first place. For one thing, it sounds exhausting. I mean, besides some politicians I know, who has the wind to speak for 40 million people?

Besides, I'm not sure how it would work. For whom would I be speaking? Those who support the war in Iraq or those who oppose it?

The Latino community is delightfully complicated and multifaceted and certainly not monolithic. So it can't have a spokesman.

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As for the criticism about language, I plead guilty. I speak English much better than I do Spanish. This is the United States, and that's the way it is supposed to be. No matter what you hear from the paranoid crazies -- you know, the folks on the anti-immigrant right who insist that Mexican Americans are Mexican first -- assimilation works.