Killing Me Softly: The Educational Purgatory of an Unheard Immigrant
Johnson, Christopher G.
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This is not a paper, but an echo of voices from the students, or what I would like to call the immigrants stuck in the purgatory of the educational system. The voice of students who are in educational despair because of insidious malpractice of social promotion, grave learning disabilities that go unnoticed, and unstable home environments that are not conducive to learning. Each voice tells a story of frustration, courage, sadness, and struggle. It is this struggle that Fredrick Douglass once said enables change, but what Douglass forgot to add was, "It is also the struggle that can consume change." While each voice reveals an individual's struggle, they do not necessarily tell a story of success. This paper is only to give the students a voice, not to point fingers at any particular teacher, administrator, policy, institution, or parent. Though each is factor in the equation that calculates the student's success or failure, we as a community must take responsibility for the success's or failures of each student.