[From "Alarm Bells are ringing in taxpayer's ears"]
Any groups that are causing more trouble than they are worth?
Hey, will you look at this!
Half of my class is ELL. Some will likely code out with learning disabilities throughout the next year, but resources for testing them are scarce
High numbers of students are ESL learners- almost 60% of my classes. As a math/science teacher I get no aid time to help with this.
Each day I face an incredibly diverse group of kids. There are 8 Coded students, 12 English Language Learners, and several other students
who require academic and emotional support. I struggle constantly with meeting the needs of everyone and have no classroom support to help with this. I feel terrible that I’m not able to read daily with my student who has just arrived from China
It's possibly if you're a casual layperson you don't understand how unskilled immigrant kids are. It's not even, strictly speaking, immigrant kids alone. 65% of kids in the Peel region who can't speak English were supposedly born in Canada, 29% of the ESL kids overall. In Vancouver half of all kindergarteners can't speak English and more and more often those are "Canadian" kids born in Vancouver. The Ontario school system put out a hilarious guidebook to spot asians who rack tre proper engrish skirr to fucntion in the shity and town across the proince from Rondon to Rakeshore.
What can be done about classrooms being held back by kids who can't speak English, other than the obvious solutions? The first option, naturally, should be a parallel to the short bus trick used on the retards: put them all in their own class. If you enter a grade unable to speak English I'm not sure why the education system, these teachers, and more importantly the taxpayers who fund this entire racket are obsessed with providing an English language education. If we are going to be funding their learning English, then it shouldn't be in the general population: there should be a "Immigrant Grade 1" that the "ESL" kids are put in and they don't graduate from it into Grade 2 until they're English proficient. If that takes a decade, so be it. If they were born in Canada and don't speak English (or, fine fine, parle français) then they are still immigrants. If they come from Indian Reserves (???) and don't speak English, they are still immigrants. I don't know how much harder this is to drill through.
Of course, I started that last paragraph off with a huge supposition: if we are going to be funding their learning English. Does that, strictly speaking, need to be true? I'm unconvinced that it does. There can still be an Immigrant Grade 1, of course, but the Alberta taxpayer doesn't pay for it. In fact, the immigrant themselves can pay for it. Why not? By the time of Grade 1 they've had six years to teach this kid the language in the country they decided he should be raised in (for the case of the Canadian-born ESL student), or an entire lifetime of deciding that should they come to Alberta this is the price they'll pay (for the case of an immigrant-immigrant). Seeing how I acknowledge the time delay issues in the latter case, we can even phase that in. Starting six years from now, this is coming. Put it into legislation to keep idiots like Red Redford Mark Two from getting in and ruining everything. Then we can sit back and reap the benefits.
Those obvious solutions are stop letting these immigrants in and deport them back to their home country. Both of which are perfectly valid and sensible options, but sort of fall outside the scope of fixing Alberta Education.
Of course, once we've accepted there's Immigrant Grade One there's no reason there can't be Immigrant Grade Two and Immigrant Grade Ten and why can't the parents pay their own freight since this is their fault and...oh, look, we've reached the ideal situation of private schools again. It's amazing how often this happens when you just sit back and look at things from first principals. [that was a pun. Get it? If not, you've been educated by a union teacher. -ed]