Onus on students

07/01/2014 5:38 PM

07/01/2014 5:39 PM

Before making any judgment, or filing any suit, I wish the League of United Latin American Citizens would have done in-depth, honest research into what really goes on in the classes where English language learners underperform. (See: “Suit filed on English teaching,” Thursday, June 12.)

To blame public schools for failing to help English learners is like biting the hand of those who feed you. I have personally witnessed too many students wasting our money, not doing their work, then claiming discrimination when teachers attempt to hold them accountable for misbehavior and lack of effort.

To learn a second language takes more than a good teacher. It takes a lot of effort from the learner, regardless of age.

LULAC should start by making surer kids respect their teachers and do their schoolwork, even at home.

It is unrealistic to expect teachers to work miracles and make ELL students English-proficient without any effort from the students.

Furthermore, they must realize that attending regular classes and doing the required work is what will help students gain proficiency in the long run.

— Yipsi Flores de Schulz, Fort Worth

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