I missed this story on the boss’ site yesterday. It details how US schools are dealing with the influx of Spanish-speaking students from Mexico by using textbooks and other materials supplied by the Mexican government. Probably shipped in on those Mexican trucks we’ve been hearing so much about lately.
Oregon is counting on a new tool to educate Spanish-speaking students across state schools: Mexico’s curriculum.
Already in place at three Oregon high schools, the programs aims to use textbooks, a detailed online Web site, DVDs and CDs provided for free by the Mexican government to teach math, science and even U.S. history to Spanish speakers in Oregon.
Hm. Teaching kids living in the US, US history, from Mexico’s perspective. What can possibly go wrong with that?
I did a double take when I read this next quote, which is placed at the end of the story. Is the gentleman talking about the education program, or some other program with a little bit more ambitious scope?
“People are aware of what we’re doing,” Burk said. “The more they find out about it, the more interested they are. But we don’t want this program to explode. It does not work by just handing out materials to schools. It needs to increase slowly in order to work.“