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Posted on January 13 at 11:11 a.m.

Adolescents need more access to electives and more time to explore many different subjects, both academic and extra-curricular.
That includes less homework in order to pursue outside interests and enjoy family activities (like dinner together).
Sitting in a desk 6 hours a day is more than enough study time.
Tracking at such a young age leads to burnout and disillusionment.

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Posted on November 21 at 1:42 p.m.

For those who don't know, laguna means lake, and arroyo means stream. There are other misspellings around town, such as De La Viña and Cañón Perdido, which are thus mispronounced.
On another note, the name Arrellaga is actually Basque, as there were many Basques among the Spanish and Mexican settlers of Santa Barbara.

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Posted on August 26 at 12:48 p.m.

billclausen - It matters in that this admin has expressed the priority of hiring bilingual teachers that are culturally sensitive. The most culturally sensitive come from within.

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Posted on August 25 at 1:19 p.m.

How "many" of the newbies are local?
How many are bilingual?
Incomplete report from the "super."

On New Libraries, Curriculum, Teachers Introduced

Posted on June 23 at 10:04 a.m.

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Posted on June 13 at 8:10 p.m.

"Bilingual" education only served Spanish speakers. We need to be insisting our elementary monolingual English speakers learn at least a second, if not a third, language.
Not all who set out to learn a second language as teenagers or adults do so with the benefit of a basic education. These EL students often lack skills in their native language.
I would be surprised indeed if any parents were not insisting their teens learn English. Such insistence does not necessarily meet with success, especially when the student is discouraged at school by being tracked into EL classes for extended periods daily, and denied the opportunity to participate fully in stimulating extra-curricular courses.
This is the type of coddling my parents never had when they entered the school system as EL students. Not only did their parents insist, but so did the schools.
If you advocate saber es poder, then you would support bilingual education for all students. It is an embarrassment that our students are so under educated compared to their European counterparts. Maybe if their parents insisted they learn Spanish, they would befriend an EL student. That is what my son did, and his friend's parents called him "the professor" because of it.
Languages are learned in community, not in isolated classrooms filled with non-native speakers.

On School District Dealing with English-Learner Limbo

Posted on June 13 at 3:06 p.m.

Reasonable prices are relative, as those who can afford them do not know.
Are we to assume your plumbers are the parents of EL students? I'm glad they have jobs, and phones with which to conduct business. Perhaps it was a choice between the phone and the camp. Anyway, it's not always easy to get your teenagers to go to camps designed for children.
Lots of back-patting for yourself. Good thing you had an education and did not have to take your teenagers to a foreign country to make a subsistence living.
No one is blaming high achievers, but that does not mean there is no discrimination. You may assume that the EL students do not want to work hard or go to college, or that their uneducated parents do not want the best for them. How many full time, minimum wage jobs do you think it takes to provide basics for a family? Certainly more than two.
Concerning second language acquisition, it is common knowledge that young children do learn easily when exposed to a second language. This requires that the parents be bilingual, or hire a nanny or private tutor. This is not a typical scenario in the home of a recent immigrant teenager, who by virtue of age will struggle much more to learn another language. That struggle is intensified when that teenager is confined to classrooms with other non-English speakers.
What is the problem with providing them an integrated outlet that can reinforce their language skills and self-esteem?
What specifically do you want poor, uneducated, over-worked, non-English speaking parents to do? By the way, it is much harder for them to learn a second language than it is for their teenagers.

On School District Dealing with English-Learner Limbo

Posted on June 13 at 10:25 a.m.

Parents who cannot afford private music lessons or exclusive sports camps are not to blame for high schools that cannot seem to offer intramural sports or open access to enriching electives for all students.
Of course a three year old will be functionally bilingual if raised in a bilingual home. This is quite different from a teenager who arrives without English skills. The older students need to be immersed in the language experience with native speakers, not isolated with others who only speak Spanish, as they get enough of that at home. Since they so not have the language skills sufficient to compete in the English language only classes, they are best served in an extra-curricular environment where they have the chance to collaborate, and hopefully socialize, with English speakers.
This does not mean dumping them in beginning art while all of the privileged students flee to the academies. Some of the EL students are naturally gifted at art, music, athletics, etc., but are not allowed an elective because they are required to isolate in an extra language class with their peers. This is counter-productive, as it creates not only more isolation, but also frustration.
Time to stop blaming the parents for school system failure.

On School District Dealing with English-Learner Limbo

Posted on June 12 at 8:22 a.m.

EL students at the high school are clustered in low level classes, effectively isolating them. They are frustrated and angry to the point of non-participation and defiance. These classes are generally assigned to teachers who are being pushed out of their area of expertise by administrators seeking to pressure resignations or retirement. Such students are ill- served by enrichment classes that further isolate them and prohibit them from enjoying any electives. They are pitifully under-represented in the popular academies, as well as the music/drama programs and certain sports such as water polo, volleyball, tennis, swimming and golf which require years of expensive training. This type of exclusion creates a climate of contempt, and further diminishes the EL students' ability to learn proper English. They tend to socialize only with each other, and frequently during instruction, as they have no other outlet or positive school activity with a more heterogeneous population.

On School District Dealing with English-Learner Limbo

Posted on September 18 at 12:57 p.m.


I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear --
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.'
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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