Suburbs see big rise in ELL students

Suburbs see big rise in ELL students

There are 24 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Sep 9, 2010, titled Suburbs see big rise in ELL students. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Susan MacDonald speaks only English. She has dabbled in Spanish but admits her skills there are limited at best.

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Lowell, MA

#22 Sep 9, 2010
It is quite obvious that many of you did not read the article closely and know very little about these types of students and the services they receive. It's pretty funny that most of you want them to speak english if they are in the United States, but you don't want them to be taught how. This surge in ELL population is just the beginning. Why don't you do some research on what the future demographics in the United States will be in just a few short decades. White, native english speakers will be the MINORITY. If you were moving to a new country, it would be safe to say that you would not be fluent in the native language. You would learn it over time being immersed in it.
who cares

Dracut, MA

#23 Sep 9, 2010
citizen wrote:
I graduated in the early 80's and no, my school didn't have ESL teachers as far as I can remember.
I think you are just making things up for arguments sake. My kids deserve better for what I am paying in taxes, maybe if we didn't have to pay for so many ESL teachers the kids would have better materials in their schools, maybe more electives, maybe even more security. I will answer your question about why it is a problem now? Look at the heading of this topic, there is a big rise in ELL students which means more taxpayer money going toward it.Did you even read the article?
nope. not making things up. boston public schools definitely had ESL teachers back in the 80's. and there's probably like 2-3 ESL teachers in a school. i wouldn't say that's "so many". and i still don't think more ESL kids is a big problem. i think disruptive kids are a bigger problem! there are far more interruptions to the day from disruptive students than ESL students. be mad about that!

Dracut, MA

#24 Sep 9, 2010
I'm a teacher in Lowell...why is there an article being written about having 22 children in an entire town in an ESL program? We sometimes have 22 ESL children per CLASS in Lowell and I don't recall any articles being written about the various AMAZING teahchers in Lowell.

The native speaking English students are actually getting the benefit from their ESL counterparts...often times, certified ESL teachers come into the classrooms to work in small groups with both native speakers and ESL for extra attention; further bettering all students in all areas.

It's very easy to criticize something you know nothing about.

United States

#25 Sep 10, 2010
Yes, this drives me nuts! I do not feel that my tax dollars should go towards teaching non-english speaking students english. I expect parents to teach their children basic speech. When they get into school, english classes should teach them proper grammatical speech and literature. This is just another reason why schools consume the majority of every city/town's tax dollars. It's also reason why we are FALLING BEHIND IN MATH AND SCIENCE!

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