Immerse immigrant students in American culture, writes Aaron Hanscom, a substitute elementary teacher in mostly Hispanic schools, in the Orange County Register. Most of his students say “Los Angeles” or “California” when asked what country they live in.
Feeling a little love for America doesn’t require erasing one’s Mexican culture. Let’s teach students patriotic songs like “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful.” Let’s make sure they are clear that George Washington is not the current president. Let’s have them learn to name all 50 states.
Hanscom tells students they live in the United States of America and asks them to name some states. Invariably, they say “Mexico.”