Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Arizona English Teachers

     Arizona is auditing certified English teachers' speaking skills according to a new law for the state.  Tom Horne clarified that the law was passed 8 years ago, in the year 2000, and has come under scrutiny due to Arizona's new immigration laws (see video below). Those who support the audits claim that the law is "common sense" while those who do not support the law find it to be anti-immigrant in nature. Readers should keep in mind that, according to the Arizona Dept. of Education, a little less than half of their students begin school as English language learners.
     Our news channels and reporters no longer seem to present "fair and balanced" reports. Take a look at the following two news stories. Are they skewed? If you were to watch one news channel and not the other, would your opinion be different?

For an educated view point on the matter follow the link, for that of the University of Arizona's Department of Linguistics.

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