Should Refugee Children Be Taught English

Should Refugee Children Be Taught English

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According to the Brookhaven Post, two teachers were forced to resign from DeKalb County Schools after they were accused of “making pro-Trump comments, telling students they’ll be deported.”

DeKalb Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green  issued a statement Monday in response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order regarding temporary refugee restrictions and in a round about way to explain the actions against the two teachers.

“We have 102,000 students here. They come from more than 180 countries, and they speak 140 languages. We value them, we love them, and we respect what their presence here says about the goodness and generosity of America. Our diversity is our strength…

Our schools will be safe places for learning and teaching. In accordance with our Board of Education policies, we will not tolerate any form of bullying or discrimination … on or off District property … that interferes with learning or the rights of others.”

Both teachers disputed the accusations, claiming their comments were misunderstood. One teacher was an English for Speakers of Other Languages teacher and the other a French and World Language Teacher. Given Dr. Green’s statement about the number of foreign languages spoken in his district, it is not unreasonable to think that their comments could have been misunderstood[…]

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