At Esperanza Elementary, its music program has built the state's youngest group of mariachi musicians
Nice story but aren't they a little young to be playing political protest
Love it. Keep up the good work. Bien hecho!
As a musician, I found myself smiling while reading this article! Good for
them. Music and the critical-thinking skills of chess will produce life-long
benefits and enjoyment. It's too bad that many "regular" public
schools funded by tax dollars, just like the charters, don't have these
kinds of programs. A statement by the principal is troubling,
though. “It is difficult for kids to express their culture when they live
in a dominant culture like the United States..." Wow! That is telling.
Their culture should be "American" because that's where they live.
His attitude fosters an unhealthy "us vs. them." It's also unfair
for the school to be making that kind of an emphasis without doing it for other
students' heritage who don't happen to be from the dominant
sub-culture. My gr gr grandfather spoke five languages when he
immigrated to America. He forbid his children to speak anything but English
because they were "Americans" now. I wish these young
students and their leaders success in every respect, but their emphasis on all
things Mexican seems to undermine an assimilation into American life. Perhaps
that is not the goal.
Felicitaciones a los chicos y a los directores que tienen la visiÓn de lo
que puede hacer la mÚsica en las vidas de los estudiantes. Bien hecho!