Friday, March 10, 2017

...out of some 12 counselors at Blair, only one is Spanish-speaking...

...Across the country, suburbs like Montgomery County are going through a metamorphosis, shedding the cocoon of highly educated affluence for a new identity that is browner, poorer, and far more ethnically diverse: “It’s a whole new scenario,” Portela said, “with the same rules and procedures we had from 30 years ago when the county was mostly white.” An influx of English-language learners and refugee students is altering the look and feel of suburban schools—as school districts respond to the dramatic shift with mixed results, and against the backdrop of a rising anti-immigrant climate...


  1. Accommodation, accommodation
    The wicked mean of education
    Communication, communication
    The weakest link of education.

  2. It is hard to blame Blair and MCPS for this scenario. While the population of the county has been changing for a while, a big part of this huge increase in ESOL students came with the influx of unaccompanied minors in 2014. Most DCC high schools, Gaithersburg, Springbrook and Watkins Mill saw a significant increase in new ESOL students. Schools, counselors and teachers have had to react to this change with not a lot of support or guidance in a short amount of time.

  3. Perhaps 'The Atlantic' should conduct a scholarly analysis on this phenomenon:


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