ohio has a good idea

From The Columbus Dispatch:

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…

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.

After three weeks of work, the students presented their projects yesterday and discussed their conclusions. Most said it was a grueling experience to even pretend to walk in an immigrant’s shoes.

‘I can’t begin to fathom how they can survive here,’ said Yana Lyon, 17. ‘Everywhere you turn if you try to become legal or help yourself, there’s a roadblock.’…

This is the fifth year that Vieyra has assigned this project to students in her Spanish V class… but she cautions that the point isn’t to sway the students, only to teach them a little empathy.

The article can be read in its entirety here
oh! also: ‘2007 has not been a great year for mall Santas…’

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