Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Portuguese lead drop out rate for immigrant children.

The high drop rate for some immigrant groups has prompted action to address this issue. This, of course, means more money is going to be needed. Just add it to the billions of tax payer dollars already spent on the immigration industry.

The following figures are from this Toronto Star article.

Trustee Josh Matlow will propose today at a committee meeting that the board do all it can to help students at high risk of dropping out, including those who speak Portuguese (42.5 per cent drop out rate), Spanish (39.1 per cent), Somali (36.7), Vietnamese (24.6), Persian/Farsi (30.6) and Arabic (27.8).

The motion comes as board staff work on a master plan to boost the learning of all groups at risk, as well as a blueprint for an Africentric school to open in the fall of 2009 in a bid to lower the 40 per cent dropout rate among black students.

There has been no call from either Toronto's Portuguese or Spanish parents for such a culturally focused school, possibly because "we've been so insular within our own population, we need to turn outwards and engage with the larger community," says Marcie Ponte, director of Working Women Community Centre, which runs an after-school mentoring and tutoring program for Portuguese children.


Professor Lee Gunderson, another prominent researcher in immigrant learning from the University of British Columbia, says immigrant children can need up to nine years of English as a Second Language help, instead of the current five funded by many provincial governments. "With Canada clearly heading for more and more diversity – in some schools 99 per cent of students don't speak English as their first language – it's not possible to tailor programs to each particular group. You need teachers trained to work with the whole range," said Gunderson yesterday.

Get that? "Culturally focused schools" not too dissimilar from the proposed Afrocentric schools, a school needed because the black community has proven inept at raising their own kids so they blame society for their faults. I guess the high drop out rate for the other ethnic groups are Canada's fault too.

In any event what is becoming clear as more calls are made for "culturally focused schools" is that multiculturalism is failing and mass immigration is burdening our school systems. If the children of these immigrants cannot make it the "diverse classrooms" of Canadian schools then what does it say about "diversity" in our society? Diversity a strength? Doesn't seem like it. It appears diversity is dividing Canadian society but in true Orwellian fashion we call it integration. If diversity cannot work in the classroom then it is not working in society in general.


CynthiaC said...

Culturally focused schools are silly. I went to a school that was traditionally British (from a historical perspective anyway.....we're talking "old line private schools here) and got more exposure to other cultures than I ever would at a PUBLIC school.

PaxCanadiana said...

First thing to notice is that the members of these communities didn't ask for them. The idea of "culturally focused schools" comes from the usual gaggle of society's moral and intellectual superiors.

Nevertheless what this reveals is, as was predicted, that multiculturalism is leading us to societal segregation and for many immigrants this is desirable. When they talk of integration and participation in Canadian society they mean economic and political integration. They have no desire to assimilate and preserve Canadian culture.

Anonymous said...

The answer, I believe , is this: many Portuguese and Hispanic kids are dealing with a number of problems on the home front. The problem is more socio than economic. Many Portuguese and Hispanic parent's are poorly educated themselves, and therefore hold a very dim view of education. They simply don't see education as one of the keys to success.

Secondly, there are often issues of domestic abuse at home. Also, many of those homes are single parent homes, which negatively affects the kids emotionally, thus they end up doing poorly in school. Their parents are often simply very poor role models to begin with.

PaxCanadiana said...

The answer, I believe , is this:...

I agree Portuguese immigrants place a low value on education however with that said they don't place a low value on work.

The Portuguese are well represented in the trades and their children tend to take up the trades as well.

Though the drop-out rate for Portuguese students is high compared to other groups you'll notice they aren't involved in much criminal activity like other immigrant groups are (like Somalis for example who also have an equally high drop out rate, at least it is for males). It's because they're working in construction and trade related fields.

I do complain about the Portuguese but this stems from an irritation of the ultra Portuguese nationalism they display here as if being from Portugal is anything to boast about. This behaviour stems from immigrant insecurities but that aside Portuguese immigrants are one of the more preferable immigrant groups.