Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Interested to Know...Hypothetically

With immigration in the media forefront (prior to the passing of Anna Nicole) and the large debate that has insued there of, I want to take the pulse of my readers to see what they would like to see regarding equality for LEGAL Hispanic immigrants in the United States. It has been my experience that even the brightest most motivated student in grades 1-12 still lack the ability for equality beyond school age in the work force. The reason that I am seeing is that the lack of income for a family often leaves the student with few options rather than to join the same work force in labor that their families currently know. So what if... What if there was a way to educate Hispanic students in language and in a way that their learning capacity far surpasses what is available to them currently? And what if an incentive was offered to the families of these students that could improve their current quality of living? And what if health care and rewards incentives were offered to those willing to excel in such a program? And what if college become not a distant dream but a reality for those who have only known a future in the agriculture and labor industry? What if? Dare we dream? Are you of Hispanic decent and /or a legal immigrant? Email me. Let me know what you think and stay tuned.


Michael said...

First, let me say that I am 100% against illegal immigration; and I am Mexican American and live in California. Now, legal immigration is something I haven’t really thought about too much. I am not sure what you mean by 'equality' in the workforce but I do know that my grandfather, father and myself did not grow up with silver spoons in our mouths and living on the 'other' side of the train tracks was definitely a challenge while I was growing up. However, I made a choice when I was 18 years old to make something of my life. I didn't want to just be another statistic; or work for some labor union (nothing wrong with that); but I sacrificed allot of time during my early twenties working part time and paying my way through college and grad school – with no help at all from the government. The opportunity is out there for EVERYONE.

Now, I am a little torn about government sponsored programs for low income families because I am a very compassionate person and I hate to see little children suffer. But, I take offense to (for example – affirmative action) because the government is basically telling me that I am not smart enough or that I need extra points to get into a particular college or get a certain job. That offends me.

I really think that anyone, regardless of income bracket or ethnicity, can go to college. They simply have to make a choice – and of course parental support also plays a significant role in a child's upbringing.

Okay, I'll get off my soap box. Love your blog by the way…so diverse.

Gingersnap13 said...

Hi Michael,

I agree. I am partially of hispanic decent myself. And I appeciate all of your comments. But let me ask you this...if you would have had the means, or if your family would have, to have created a better life for your family would you have wanted that? Or...a source for research and resources as to education, health care and job availabilty? Stay tuned. I'll have an announcement for all of you in about 6 weeks. Thank you for your great comments on my blog. I hope you will be a regular reader.

Michael said...

Hi there…to answer your question, yes. But for me, the struggle and challenges are what built my character.

Hey, great blog…I have added your site to my favorites.