Friday, September 05, 2014

Migrant minors from Central America pose challenges of compassion for school systems, especially for substitute teachers

Migrant children from Central America are taxing public school classrooms, especially in northern Virginia, according to a Washington Times story on Thursday by S.A. Miller and Stephen Dinan. In Fairfax County, migrant account for about half of the county’s 2200 new students, At the sane time, Dinan in another story writes that the number of illegal immigrants in the US holds at about 11.3 million and the influx of children seems to have slowed appreciably.

School budgets may indeed be stressed by this development, but I think that there can develop an interesting issue with substitute teachers.  Subs in Virginia typically fill out profiles of subjects and grade levels they will accept.  But, at least when I was subbing, all subs could get calls for ESL (English as a second language), special education, and physical education, obviously the most personally challenging assignments for those mainly living in academia.  Such students, having dealt with violence and gangs back home and a whole culture of the street, will obviously present behavioral challenges for subs who don’t know them.

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