Every child is entitle to an education, no matter her/his status. That is why public schools are not supposed to ask parents about their children’s citizenship status. When teachers find out about their students’ status, it is because their students have decided to share that secret with them. What makes a student reveal its secret with his/her teacher? Could it be the teasing that they get from other students about their accent; the way they speak; the way they express themselves; that bond the teacher has created with the students…
Teachers have two paths to choose from. There are those teachers who sympathize and move on. There are those, putting aside their weakest emotion of fear, feel they need to lead and help out the student no matter what. Because it is the right thing to do. Turning their back on the student in need of help would only make them feel guilty because school is a child’s second home and a place where every student should feel safe, not fearful.
Undocumented students feel safe and better when they talk to a teacher about their status. It is nice for them to be able to get some advice from an adult who will not judge or tell on them but instead, try to help him/her out. Sharing one’s secret won’t solve one’s problem, but it will help lessen the burden. This is especially important for students who are in High School and do not know what to do after they graduate. Most do not know if they will be able to attend college or if they have to find a job washing dishes. As mentioned on “Teachers in middle of debate over immigrant kids” by Brett Zongker, thanks to teachers like Sean McKenzie, Rich Fischer and Pat Hyland who care about their students’s lives, undocumented students do not have to take washing dishes like their only choice.
“Teachers in middle of debate over immigrant kids” by: Brett Zongker Associated Press published: July 6, 2011