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  1. Dang, you didn't like "Into the Spider-Verse"? I thought it was awesome.
  2. Knock out 2 birds with 1 stone. Teachers can volunteer to teach citizenship classes at night with the class fees going towards paying off the teachers student debt. You would have volunteers lining up out the door and around the block.
  3. I can't control what their parents do, but their kids are my responsibility the second they step into my classroom. Teachers wear multiple hats in education. They are teachers, mentors, counselors, and sometimes they have to take up the role as a parent when their own family fails them because a child might not know whose else to turn to. I've worked with intercity kids for 3 years and it was the toughest 3 years of my life. I've taught female students who were homeless and turned to prostitution to make money, boys who were 12 years old and already in gangs as lookouts and messengers. Yes, I agree that their parents put their families in danger to get them here for a better life and broke the law while doing it, but they are here now. I don't see the point in sending them back and wasting resources when we could use those resources to speed up the process for those already in line and move the illegal immigrants that are already here to the back of the line, but at the end of the day they are still in line. There can always be a compromise, but POTUS and Congress think otherwise.
  4. It is a legislative issue, but all they see is Trump's fear mongering on Twitter because they all follow him. Trump is the face of the United States, not Congress.
  5. You're definitely right about people getting screwed over no matter which way you slice it especially those who are already in line doing it the right way. My 93 year old grandmother came here from Mexico on a work Visa in the 1950's and became a U.S. citizen in 1980. She filed her paperwork, paid her fees, took her classes and finally took the pledge. She's been very upset watching people walk across the border and enjoy the fruits without having to deal with the hardships she had to go through which ultimately led her to voting for Trump. Yes, my 93 year old Mexican grandmother voted for Trump. I think the best thing we can do right now is to reform our immigration policy that would allow people who are already here to get in line without having to go back. It's pointless to waste resources to round everyone up and send them back when another person will just take their place. We need to halt the flow of immigrants into the country before they cross so that we can stabilize and free up our immigration centers. We also need more funding for classes, I wouldn't mind teaching a few citizenship classes at night. It's basically high school government.
  6. Correct, when he moved the government to Versailles he forced nobles from other provinces to relinquish their political titles in order to centralize the government, but was able to maneuver this by allowing tax exemptions. The bourgeois took up most of the load money wise while overhauling the French Industry which brought in more jobs for the working class. The aristocrats didn't really care what he as doing just as long as he didn't tax them, it wasn't until his war with Spain in the early 1700's when he finally started imposing taxes on the nobles and by that time most of France wanted him gone. My main point wasn't even really about Louis it was to get the kids to understand that when someone in power is left unchecked and unchallenged it can quickly spiral out of control.
  7. Obviously. It will be a tough game, but it's still USC so the Dogs will need to play mistake free football in order to have a fighting chance.
  8. That dude got stiff armed so hard his face mask probably had a hand imprint.
  9. I wouldn't be shocked for USC fans to hope for a win so they could get Helton out. Fans were calling for his head, but the administration decided to keep him.
  10. UCLA is going to be a 3+ year rebuilding job and that's if Chip Kelly isn't run out of town first. If Fresno State beats USC week 1 then I wouldn't be surprised to see Clay Helton get fired before he could even get to the locker room. the LA schools are a complete shit show right now.
  11. Yes, but from my experience with them they are just bullies lining their pockets with the union dues. Most of the teachers on our campus are leaving the union.
  12. Unfortunately most of my coworkers don't share this sentiment.
  13. I'm not writing this to start a flame war, but to give insight that what the President says does have a ripple effect across our community even if it doesn't necessarily pertain to you or where you live. We started school last week and so far it's been an interesting first few days for me. We did introductions last week with some ice breaker activities of "getting to know you" and getting class schedule conflicts worked out, so today was the first real day of instruction. I work at a medium size high school in a rural town in the central valley teaching 10th grade world history. The school population is 92% Hispanic, 5% Caucasian, 2% African American, 1% Asian/other. The 92% Hispanic population of our students have roughly 60% come from migrant families that work in the fields which is a significant number of our student body. It's safe to say that most of these students either crossed the border when they were infants/toddlers or were born here but their parents came here illegally. Today I started a lecture about "Absolutism" and the monarchy of King Louis XIV of France. I mentioned that through his consolidation of powers he was able to obtain complete autocratic rule and his only threats were the nobles and bourgeois, but through autocracy it can become a slippery slope into despotism and dictatorships. I then asked the class to name a current dictator and almost unanimously they all said "Trump!". I froze for a second and I asked, "why do you think that? The United States is a constitutional republic, not a monarchy or dictatorship. Trump is not our king, he does not rule by divine right or aristocracy" (although lately it seems you need to be rich in order to become President). A girl finally raised her hand and she said, "he might not be dictator, but he runs the country through fear like a dictator and we are scared of losing our families". I could see all of my students had the same thought in their heads and I felt like I had to calm them down somehow. I told them this is the purpose of our three branches of government, so that Trump or any other President can't consolidate power and rule by themselves. The President is bound to the Constitution whether he likes it or not and that's the beauty of it even though it's not perfect. Everyone sees immigration as "people need to come in the right way, if not they need to be deported", to be honest that used to be my stance until I got into education and I realized it is not that simple. I look at these kids in my class and it's sad because it's not their fault that they are caught in the middle of all this. The United States is all they know and it's what they call home. I know some of them go to sleep at night wondering if someone is going to knock on their door and take their mom, dad, or somebody else in their family. My biggest fear from all of this is to walk into my classroom one day and see an empty desk or a kid who is distraught knowing his/her family got separated. Quite a few of you guys on here are familiar with me and know I'm not very open about my political stance even though I enjoy talking politics and I intend to keep it that way. I never have and never will tell my students which way I lean politically even if they ask me. I tell them it's my job to give them the materials and resources to research information and form their own opinion. This post is just my thoughts on what I witnessed today and how real this topic is in my community. It sounds cliche coming from teachers, but it's true, these students are my kids and I love all 184 of them even though they make me want to pull my hair out at times.