Maureen Gioello: Our teachers should speak EnglishJul 19, 2011 | Permalink
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Readers write to The Providence Journal
In the July 8 news article, "R.I. regents set minimum English language standard for teachers," Viola Egbuniwe, a science teacher in Providence who moved to this country from Nigeria in 1974, states: "Students could complain they just don't understand me."
Excuse me? This is acceptable from a teacher who has lived in this country for 37 years?
Carolina Bernal, a member of the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education, called the new rules "disturbing," expressing concern they will open the door to abuses and discrimination.
What the heck? What about our children who are being taught by teachers who themselves refuse to learn? What about the abuse and discrimination that our children have to handle every day in school?
My granddaughter had a teacher from Jamaica teaching English, and she couldn't understand a word out of his mouth. After a couple of years, she was finally able to get out of his class, but what about the kids still in that class? Isn't it about time that the taxpayers get what they pay for: a teacher who lives in the United States, where the language is English, teaching their children in English?
Why shouldn't teachers be made to go to class to learn our language? They teach here, and we speak English, not Portuguese, Spanish, etc. English, people!
I am so tired of the politically correct attitude that pervades this state. What about our children -- you know, the ones who are trying to learn so they can support themselves when they graduate?
If you want to live in America, learn English, especially if you are going to be teaching our children.