A recent article in The Daily Triplicate ("We Have a Beautiful Culture,'" July 20) prompted me to write this letter.
It appears that the United States of Mexico and the government of the United States entered into a teacher exchange program. Since neither Google nor Wikipedia offer any information on the program, I'm sure there are informed people in our community who can respond to this query about the practical purpose/value of this program.
My first question regards the financing of the project. It goes without saying that Joe Blow Taxpayer is footing the bill, but more specifically, what agency or department is cutting the check for this promo?
My next question is why we are sending high-grade teachers (see article reference in The Triplicate) to a foreign country to teach foreign students? In a state as financially strapped as California, those teachers could more reasonably be employed to teach our own children.
The article seems to strongly suggest that the purpose of the Mexican exchange teacher was not only to assist the immigrant children with learning English; but more objectionably, to impress upon them that "we have a beautiful culture."
Her reason for becoming an exchange teacher in the program was, according to her, that, "They (the migrant children) forget the essence of the culture they are from."
It seems clear to me that if she is assisting the children in their objective to become American citizens, then her insistence on reinforcing their Mexicality is at cross-purposes with her goal.
Simple: this is the place that immigration increasingly has devolved to ... non-assimilation. It appears that our own government is short-sighted here as well by funding this specific program under the current banner of catering to multi-culturalism.
Multi-culturalism is the death knell of the United States in that it celebrates a plurality of nations (cultures) rather than One nation.
"A house divided against itself ...."
Dale L. Bohling