Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Immigration Debate

Finding a website made by students on a high school site proved to be every difficult, with most searches only leading to teacher's guides on the subject of immigration. However, many of these websites proved to be a very useful guide to the attitude of many American educators. One website in particular provides a range of websites that it states would be beneficial for students to explore, and subjects range from Ellis Island to the US government's stance on modern immigration. One of the more interesting aspects however comes from the disclaimer that the subject of immigration in the modern era, and what the effects of the mass immigration of the 19th and 20th century, along with debates and presentations on that part of American history, can become very heated. The site also posts websites that show teachers how to deal with issues in the classroom that can become a problem, perhaps indicating that even today immigration raises a series of serious questions to many Americans, possibly even that American attitudes to immigration can perhaps veer towards to more extreme. While looking at many of the example websites, I gathered that Ellis Island and the mass immigration is viewed as an essential part of American history, as something that has made country what it is today. It is something that is taught in every class, and when taught there is the sense that school children should be proud to live in America, to have already been born American, as I'm sure many of the immigrants in the 19th and 20th century would have liked to been.


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