How and the hell do you think the City of Los Angeles has ANY FUTURE WHATSOEVER when the kids enter kindergarten not able to read English -- and then enter High School STILL not able to read English? I can't tell who is lazier...the kids or the school system. Either way, society loses. HEY DUMB PARENTS...LEARNING ENGLISH DOES NOT STRIP AWAY CULTURE AND HERITAGE...IT ENHANCES IT, DUMMY. DON'T YOU WANT YOU KIDS TO IMPROVE AND DO BETTER AND ELEVATE THE CULTURE AND GENERATION...or just join a gang and let the jail system raise them for you, lazy asses? (Put all the social service welfare applications in English and their families will learn English in RECORD time!)
Many dumb and lazy L.A. students not moving out of English language classes
Almost 30% of those placed early on in such programs in L.A. Unified were still in them when they started high school, study says. The sooner students moved on, the more they excelled.
By Anna Gorman
Nearly 30% of Los Angeles Unified School District students placed in English language learning classes in early primary grades were still in the program when they started high school, increasing their chances of dropping out, according to a new study released Wednesday.
More than half of those students were born in the United States and three-quarters had been in the school district since first grade, according to the report by the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute at USC.
The findings raise questions about the teaching in the district's English language classes, whether students are staying in the program too long and what more educators should do for students who start school unable to speak English fluently.
"If you start LAUSD at kindergarten and are still in ELL classes at ninth grade, that's too long," said Wendy Chavira, assistant director of the policy institute. "There is something wrong with the curriculum if there are still a very large number of students being stuck in the system."
"We are aggressively looking at supporting these longtime English learners to ensure that they get the support needed to reclassify in a timely manner," she said. [WHAT THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN DOING ALL THIS TIME, THEN??? BEING PASSIVE, ON PURPOSE??? YOU DON'T HAVE ANY FUCKING IDEA HOW TO TEACH KIDS ENGLISH, BECAUSE THEY DON'T CARE OR WANT TO LEARN ENGLISH.]
The vast majority of the students in the segregated language classes are not recent immigrants but rather U.S.-born youths, according to the study. Nearly 70% of all students ever placed in the English language learning program were born in the United States. [EVEN MORE PATHETIC. WHAT IS THESE PARENTS PROBLEMS??? ARE THEY DUMB? DON'T THEY REALIZE THE SCHOOLS ARE TAUGHT IN ENGLISH? I COULDN'T PASS KINDERGARDEN IN A LANGUAGE I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND, EITHER. WHY ARE THESE MEAN PARENTS TRYING TO KEEP THEIR KIDS DOWN IN THIS SOCIETY?]
"The United States has never learned what is the best way to teach English to English learners," said Harry Pachon, president of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute. "That's really a shortcoming." [Oh well, you're bad. At least you admit it, so everything's cool. It's just a shortcoming. Oh well. (Insert Price is Right LOSER sounder and simply live with it.]
The sooner students switch to regular classes the better, the new study showed. Students who moved out of English classes by third grade scored up to 40 points higher on standardized tests than those who stayed in the classes. If the students moved by fifth grade, they scored about 10 points higher than their peers. [NO, if you push them out too soon you could hurt someone's feelings.]
All students who speak a second language at home must take a test to see whether they should be placed into classes for English learners. Once they are enrolled, they must take another test to get out. But Pachon said the process to get in is easier than it is to get out. [Kind like "Hotel California. You can check out any time you want...but you can NEVER leave.]
Though the study didn't determine why students were staying in English language programs for so long, researchers say schools may avoid moving English learners into mainstream classes to keep test scores high. [Oh, I think ZD knows why.]