INCULCATE KIDS WITH PATRIOTISM.Byline: AARON HANSCOM Local View
THE red, white and green were hard to miss at several of the immigration-rights protests over the last month. That's because most of the students who walked out of class to attend the rallies were carrying Mexican flags. The pride these marchers expressed for a country they probably wouldn't like to live in contrasted sharply with the difficulty they have in truly forming an American identity.
Some of us weren't surprised. As a substitute teacher for grades K-5 in largely Hispanic schools, I see the challenges of assimilation daily.
One question I always try to ask students is: "What country do you live in?" It is extremely rare for them to answer correctly the first time. "California" and "Los Angeles" are the most popular responses. Not until I direct their attention to the American flag in the corner of the room and remind them of the Pledge of Allegiance Pledge of Allegiance, in full, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, oath that proclaims loyalty to the United States. and its national symbol. they recited earlier in the day, are they finally able to make the connection.
"Oh, so that's why we say that every morning," is the thought I'm sure goes through most of their minds.
The sad fact is that Mexican-American students are often taught that they are Mexicans before they are Americans. While it is admirable to foster cultural pride, we are doing students no favors by failing to instill in·still
To pour in drop by drop.
instil·lation n. in them an abiding love and deep respect for America.
Imagine for a moment that in Mexico students were told to come to school on July 4 wearing red, white and blue clothing. The fact that this absurd scenario would never transpire doesn't mean Mexico is anti-American. So why do Americans feel the need to bend over backward to prove that they aren't racists?
Elementary school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. , for example, are told to wear red, white and green on both Sept. 16 for Mexican Independence Day and May 5 for Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo
(Spanish; “Fifth of May”)
Mexican holiday commemorating the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862. The French army, better-equipped and far larger than the Mexican army, had been sent by Napoleon III to conquer Mexico. . Parents are reminded of these events with letters in Spanish. Meanwhile, the Oceanside Unified School District A unified school district is a school district which includes both primary school (kindergarten through middle school or junior high) and high school (grades 9-12). In Illinois, these districts are called unit school districts. has banned the red, white and blue. It seems that patriotic clothing and American flags are just too inflammatory.
If that's confusing to you, imagine what it must be like to an 8-year-old child. Since a lot of students don't even know the name of the country their parents and grandparents grandparents npl → abuelos mpl
grandparents grand npl → grands-parents mpl
grandparents grand npl sought refuge in, it is clear they are not simultaneously learning about the opportunities and freedoms that American affords.
Most Americans are concerned about this deficiency. Here's how Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal described the mood of the nation: "It's the broad public knowledge, or intuition, in America, that we are not assimilating our immigrants patriotically. And if you don't do that, you'll lose it all."
We've learned that English immersion works in language development. Many are the students I've seen who, recently arrived from Mexico, speak nary nar·y
Not one: "Frequently, measures of major import . . . glide through these chambers with nary a whisper of debate" George B. Merry. a word of English. A couple years later, they are fluent in their second language. While they haven't forgotten how to speak Spanish, they are much better prepared for a successful life in America.
Why not try American immersion? Feeling a little love for America doesn't require erasing one's native culture. Let's teach students patriotic songs like "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful America the Beautiful
patriotic song by Katherine Bates glorifying national ideals (1893). [Am. Music: Scholes, 30]
See : Song, Patriotic ." Let's make sure they are clear that George Washington is not the current president. Let's have them learn all 50 states in the nation.
I've done my best in that last regard. After my students are all made aware of the fact that they, in fact, live in the United States of America UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The name of this country. The United States, now thirty-one in number, are Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, , I ask them to name one of the states in the union. "Mexico" invariably in·var·i·a·ble
Not changing or subject to change; constant.
in·vari·a·bil comes up immediately.
With this in mind, it is interesting to note that the historian Victor Davis Hanson Victor Davis Hanson (born 1953 in Fowler, California) is a conservative military historian, columnist, political essayist and former classics professor, best known as a scholar of ancient warfare as well as a commentator on modern warfare. wrote a book in 2003 titled "Mexifornia: A State of Becoming." Sometimes, I can't help but think it is already here.