POWELL -- The students had a role-play project: assume a Latino identity, build an imaginary life in your home country and develop a workable plan to immigrate to the United States.
Try it legally, Erica Vieyra told her 40 senior Spanish students at Olentangy Liberty High School. Fill out the correct documents, follow the proper steps. And then, after they spent days completing the actual paperwork from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, she took out her red ink pad and stamped a big, fat DENIED across every request.
Nice. Because the United States never lets anyone into this country who follow legal channels. Ignore the fact that last year the United States let in more than 1.3 million immigrants who followed the law.
Nope, Erica had a better idea. Let's forget all of that and brainwash your students to sympathize with everyone who broke the law to come here. And enlist the Columbus Dispatch to further push this agenda:
Now, she told the students, come illegally. Forge your documents, find a way across the border. Then, research real ads and find a place to live in Columbus. Figure out what it would cost, how to get food. Plan how to survive.
The students had to go to real businesses and ask for Spanish-language job applications. They had to visit a bank and ask for new-account documents written in Spanish.
Vieyra promised them that the process -- even in make-believe -- would frustrate them. But they would gain, she hoped, an understanding of what is one of the most important political and humanitarian issues facing the U.S. government today.
Of course Erica Vieyra claims that she isn't indoctrinating students at all:
This is the fifth year that Vieyra has assigned this project to students in her Spanish V class. Each year someone, a teacher perhaps, maybe just a friend, cringes: "They say, 'That's such a hot topic. Are you sure you want to go there?' "
She always answers yes. But she cautions that the point isn't to sway the students, only to teach them a little empathy.
Oh. Well which one of her kids plays the role of the illegal alien who spread tuberculosis because they evaded legal immigrations channels? Or how many kids get to play the illegal aliens who commit gang rape? Did she send her 40 kids to the local emergency room all at the same time to get treatment for their colds...and walk out without paying?
As liberals always say, I'm...you know...just askin' questions...
Got questions of your own? Contact the Oletangy School District here.
H/T: Ace of Spades commenter Fletch
Update: Van Helsing at Moonbattery has more:
Here's another role-playing concept: Ms. Vieyra should pretend she's a Spanish teacher, since that's what taxpayers are paying her to be, and save the moonbat demagoguery for after hours.
Here's even more of what Liberty High Spanish students are learning...