What undocumented students bring to the classroom
from The Atlantic (commentary)
Andrew Simmons, a contributor for The Atlantic, writes: "Teaching requires flexibility, the ability to manage a class that could be made up of English language learners, half-comatose stoners and confident National Merit semi-finalists alike — and somehow inspire all factions. At the California public school where I currently teach, the population is roughly two-thirds Latino; the ratio was far larger on my last campus. Some of these students are undocumented and, in my experience, likely to have language-acquisition needs, contend with family and work obligations, and feel alienated in the school community."
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