As a resident of Calexico for approximately 45 years, I strongly disagree with Mr. Thomas Elias' opinion that you published in your newspaper on Tuesday. What stuck in my mind the most was, quote: "Most analyses of the newest test scores showed that, as usual, the performance of limited-English speakers dragged down the overall record of all students but not nearly as much on the second- to fifth-grade levels as in higher grades."
For those who weren't around in the 60s and beginning of the 70s, those students who didn't know how to speak English were placed in the "mentally retarded" classes.
Again the immigrant is being blamed for something or other, for now Mr. Elias chooses student test scores.
What Mr. Elias is focusing on is academic achievement, that for all due purposes is a very important part of teaching a person.
Now, what about the students self-identity? Is not his language part of his culture, being Mexican or Asian or any other race? Why would you deny somebody his culture?