Next Paige

Jimmy Three Pieces has an idea on filling Rod Paige’s job at the U.S. Education Department.

He also chats with his hair stylist, an immigrant from Thailand.

She came here at age 16, and knew no English. There were no ESL classes, she explained, so she learned it on her own. She was very apologetic for the quality of her English, and I assured her she spoke it better than half the natives –- a fact proved a few minutes later when she said she had recently gone back to Thailand to research her ancestors, and “learn about our family genealogy.”

Her daughter was at the University of Minnesota: pre-med.

It still happens, all the time. That land of opportunity thing.

We’re getting a 44-person troupe of Cuban musicians and dancers.

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Comments

  1. edgeworthy says:

    My wife DID go to an ESL class when she first came to the US. She said it was useless. Her teacher often told the students that America was a bad place and she was looking forward to moving to France, though she couldn’t speak French. Her grasp of grammar was also weak. I kept telling my wife that what she was being taught was often incorrect.

    My wife had just moved here after spending two years in Paris and was quite amused. She often wondered whether her teacher really did move, and whether she survived over there. In the meantime, she gave up on the classes and learned English the old-fashioned way, through tv, shoppng and by talking to me. The upside was that I learned to speak Mandarin Chinese.

  2. With all due respect to the Sage of Jasperwood, how could anyone learn anything without a Cabinet-level Deaprtment of Education, a vital part of our great republic since….1979? Who else would “seek bigger budget increases for federal education programs”? How else would we “move the focus on improving education from parents and local districts to Washington, D.C.”?
    As the President of Stanford said at the time, “the two-hundred-year-old absence of a Department of Education is not the result of simple failure during all that time. On the contrary, it derives from the conviction that we do not want the kind of educational system that such arrangements produce.” The people have spoken, eh?
    Quotes from the Cato Institute Handbook for Congress

  3. Walter E. Wallis says:

    In the interest of fairness, I have offered Cuba the entire Palo Alto City Council and the entire California congressional delegation in return for their players.
    While this seems an unfair trade, perhaps some of them can cut enough sugar cane to pey their keep. Perhaps.

  4. danlovejoy says:

    As a former EFL teacher, I have to stick up for ESL methods. For those who need structure in addition to immersion, they can really help.

    When I was studying Japanese in Japan, the JSL classes and tutoring were very helpful.

    I agree that the Department of Education is worthless. But it’s a gem compared to the Department of Agriculture!

  5. Richard Brandshaft says:

    “As the President of Stanford said at the time, ‘the two-hundred-year-old absence of a Department of Education is not the result of simple failure during all that time. On the contrary, it derives from the conviction that we do not want the kind of educational system that such arrangements produce.’ The people have spoken, eh?

    Quotes from the Cato Institute Handbook for Congress.”

    The Cato institute is “The people”. Ah, conservatives.

    The coming of the department of education was the result of ” the conviction that we do not want the kind of educational system” NOT doing anything from Washington produced.