Steinhardt’s Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, professor of globalization and education, recently appeared on NPR’s Latino USA for a segment on the controversial decision by the Central Falls, Rhode Island school district to fire all of the teachers at a low-performing high school. The school has a large proportion of immigrant and English language learning students.
In this story of a school district with low graduation rates and poor student performance, Suarez-Orozco sees a “cautionary tale” that is likely to repeat itself elsewhere in the United States.
He says, “We never asked so much of education before in the history of the US. We need to prepare every child for a globally competitive economy and society at a time when the fastest growing sector of the child population in our country is immigrant-origin, English-language learning children, many of whom come from concentrated poverty and linguistic segregation.”