The Children of Immigration in School
While trying to adjust to the American culture there are a few problems immigrants encounter because their values and interest is totally different from true bred Americans.
They encounter problems such as comprehending the English Language which plays a very big role in their education. It may even lead to some of them dropping out of school. Added to the English language problem is the standardized test that is being used to compare the performance of students to that of students in other districts. I totally agree with this statement made by the author, “Test poses questions that are often framed around issues and content not as familiar to immigrant children as to children brought up in the dominant culture”. I recalled a couple years ago I sat in a meeting where third and fourth grade teachers were discussing example of questions that were on the New York State ELA test that should not be there simply because of the geographical location of the students. Immigrants are more likely to have low scores on the IQ test for the simple reason mentioned above and may less likely to remain in school.
A multicultural classroom can be exciting with all the various cultures and it can also be frustrating at times. For this reason the author gives a few considerations that should be taken into account. “In exploring the issue of culture in the classroom, three significant matters should be kept in mind. First is the use of culturally and linguistically meaningful materials. If a child cannot understand, she will not be able to identify with and emotionally invest in a given topic: in such circumstances, meaningful learning cannot occur”. As educators the focus is to ensure meaningful learning is taking place within the classroom. Many immigrant parents stress the importance of education and hard work to their youngsters in order to achieve their goals of a better life. Immigrants want better opportunities for their children, and for them to succeed in life.