This weekend, the Columbus Post-Dispatch ran a story glorifying Ms. Vieyra's project which had her Spanish students pretending they were illegal immigrants trying to find work. Ms. Vieyra claims the project is about teaching her kids "empathy".
Of course her job is to teach Spanish, not "empathy".
It turns out Ms. Vieyra has a blog. I wonder how many parents are actually reading the entries:
FELICIDADES!! Spanish V you finished the Immigration Project and you are in the Columbus Dispatch!! I am so proud of you:)This story can be found at: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2007/12/15/OLHSCLASS.ART_ART_12-15-07_B1_M08PJ5M.html?sid=101
Well, that's nice. A little pat on the back for learning that it doesn't pay to try to immigrate to this country legally, but boy can you get over if you do it illegally! And publicity too!
But there's more. Check out what was on the agenda on November 5th:
This quarter is the study of immigration! Students will view: "A day without a Mexican," "Balseros(Cuban Rafters," "Wetback (National Geographic)," and "Maria Full of Grace." Students are reading and translating articles about this topic, and formulating their opinions on this issue.
What Liberty High Students are watching when they should be learning Spanish
Wait. If Ms. Vierya was really going to give her students an unbiased view of the immigration issue, wouldn't she also include a movie like "Border"?
Of course not. See, Ms. Vierya's job isn't just to teach Spanish, her job is to teach her kids empathy...especially a view that is empathetic to her political viewpoint. And she'll use two "R" rated movies and two documentaries sympathetic to illegal aliens to do so.
Not convinced yet. OK, check out more Spanish "culture" she would like your kids to know about:
This week we will be learning about Frida Kahlo through her art. Students will be given a project packet on Monday. Most of this work will be completed in class. Monday and Tuesday students will observe and evaluate her art and on Thursday and Friday students will paint a self-portrait like Frida Kahlo.
I have no problem with a Spanish teacher introducing art and culture to her students instead of just teaching the language. Certainly this would add to their educational experience.
Of course not knowing much about either Spanish art or culture, I wouldn't have a clue about who Frida Kahlo was. I'll bet most parents don't either:
Their marriage was often tumultuous. Both Kahlo and Rivera had notoriously fiery temperaments and both had numerous extramarital affairs. The openly bisexual Kahlo had affairs with both men and women (including Leon Trotsky);
And what sort of material is Ms. Vierya using to teach her captive audience about Frida Kahlo?:
Students are sharing their Frida poems and portraits with the class: is a speaking and writing grade. Students should be reviewing all of their vocabulary. (There is no new vocabulary for this week.) Students will be viewing the film, Frida, and completing a viewing activity packet. This will be due at the end of the film.
That's Frida, a film rated "Rated R for sexuality/nudity and language". A movie that glorifies lesbianism.
I wonder if that viewing packet was available for parents to see before they showed the movie in class? What would a 16-year old boy's response be to this?