Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Arizona Seeks to Reassign Accented Teachers

here are legitimate concerns about immigrants with an illegal status "stealing" jobs from law-abiding Americans. While I think people concerned about that are misguided, I can certainly understand it, especially in this economy.

This Arizona law is beyond that though. I hate to make the cliched Nazi comparison, but from purging Ethnic Studies programs to pushing teachers out of schools because they carry an accent, this is bordering on authoritarian:

Recent media reports state that the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has mandated that teachers whose spoken English it deems to be heavily accented or ungrammatical must be removed from classes containing students who are learning to speak English.

Huh. You know, I took a Spanish class with a teacher who had an American accent. Maybe she should have been fired. I also had an English teacher in elementary school who was Asian. Maybe she should have been out of there too.

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