Leesburg, FL, USA
Firstly, I think a lot of subjectiveness is going on here, and not a whole lot of objectiveness. Does anyone know for sure what classes these teachers preside over? Are they teachers from different grade levels that teach ESL (English as a Second Language) classes? If so, would it not be in poor taste to try to teach children English with an instructor whose own English is broken? These children are at a time in their lives when they will learn the most, other than between birth and 5 years. I have a coworker whose first language is Spanish and learned English when her family moved to the US. She can't say the word "apologize" correctly. She says "apogilice". If a child were to learn English from someone who can't enunciate well, then that child will have a hard time learning to read and write in English, because they will be trying to spell phoenetically what they're hearing. Another point to consider is this: Even if those teachers are NOT teaching ESL classes, and are teaching things like reading, writing or arithmetic, they could still be hampering the childrens' capability to learn the terms they're trying to teach them properly, which could then carry on into high school and, if the child should make it into a college, their higher learning career as well. Perhaps the state of Arizona is merely trying to make sure that all of the children being educated there are receiving proper educations from teachers who are more familiar with the material than those currently in place.
On the flip side of this coin, it could be construed as racist, if these teachers are all hispanic. Are some of the teachers European, or Asian, or Arabic? The thick, hard accents of languages like Russian, German, Swedish and Dutch can make it hard to understand someone. The more strewn together accents of languages like Italian, French and Portuguese can create problems. The very sharp accents of Asian languages and Arabic languages like Chinese, Japanese and Farsi can make lessons difficult. I think some more research and fact finding is necessary here before it is determined that the action taken by the Board of Education was racist.
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