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The Fronteras Vote 2012 Election Special

Special Feature Keep Discussing On PIN

Join our Public Insight Network to talk about issues in the Southwest and the 2012 election.

The Fronteras Vote 2012 linked seven public radio stations and their listeners across the Southwest for an in-depth, two-hour live call-in program exploring the issues surrounding the upcoming election and the role of voters in the region.

The broadcast featured Fronteras Desk reporters who cover the complex U.S.-Mexico border from Texas to California, including Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. They were joined by experts on a range of issues to explore why the Southwest is considered a crucial region in the 2012 election.

The broadcast breaks down how the economy, education and immigration play a key role in the 2012 Vote and how these issues affect the community. Everything from the DREAM Act to same-sex marriage to immigration and SB-1070 to self-deportation. Plus, redistricting has changed the political landscape. What does that mean for voters?

You can continue the discussion through the Fronteras Desk Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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myvellez | May 23, 2012 at 10:56 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

I just wanted to say how consistantly disappointed I am in KPBS covering educational issues. There is simply no challenge or vetting in any way to what the so-called experts of the day are selling. There is also no countepoint offered. Today the guests were allowed to state that "research" has shown that a dual immersion model of education actually improved English Language Learners in the long run more than other models. They described other models as "sink or swim." This is just an out-dated sound bite of proponents of bilingual education, a model that did persist well beyond the proposition that tried to eliminate it but never established its effectiveness. Structured English Immersion which is now more commonly used is not a "sink or swim" model. Additionally, dual immersion schools, such as the first one in Chula Vista Elem. School District, are often charter schools which have an application process. In this way, such schools generally get better students (higher achieving, more motivated, more parental support, etc.). Educational research is so terribly vetted that often "researchers" will make direct comparisons with the progress or achievement of these screened students in dual immersion schools with the general population. To assume that the guests' citation of the conclusion of some "research" must be true is tantamount to state run media advancing state propoganda without question. KPBS needs to have someone like Diane Ravitch (sometimes a guest) on call to check out these claims. I am not against dual immersion schools. But the idea that such a model is the answer to close the "gap" for English Language Learners should be looked on with great suspicion. My 14 years in elementary schools as a teacher tells me that most of these ELL identified students still speak English better than they do Spanish (many don't really speak Spanish at all). They are identified as ELL because their parents marked a box that they spoke a language other than English first. These facts destroy the whole premise of the guests' rationale for dual immersion (which is the same for bilingual education): namely that they can succed better because they can learn better in their dominant native language while acquiring English. English is most times their dominant language. The idea that a model that teaches such a child in English for half a day is going to produce greater English achievement than me teaching the full day in English is nonsensical. This is right up there with the idea that teaching kids music for a half hour will increase math scores more than teaching another half hour of math. KPBS needs to meet these ideas with skepticism and find a way to put them to a real test of debate with counterpoint speakers. I am available.

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