I tend not to blog about anything political here unless it's pretty focused on education, but I'm going to make an exception tonight because I found Jose Antonio Vargas's question pretty compelling:
What Would You Do?
- What would you do if you were a 12-year-old sent to America?
- What would you do if you were a 16-year-old and found out you were in America illegally?
- What would you do if you were a teacher/principal/superintendent of that 16-year-old and found out he was here illegally?
- What would you do if you got into college, graduated, and then had a chance to pursue the profession you fell in love with and make a meaningful contribution, but had to check a box on a form that wasn't true?
My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant (New Yorker piece by Jose Antonio Vargas)
Define American (Website created not necessarily to advocate, but to change the conversation around immigration)
Video currently featured on Define American
NPR Interview with Jose Antonio Vargas
Jack Shafer's Slate piece on the ethics of journalism
ABC Interview with Jose Antonio Vargas (longer version on Nightline but I'm not finding a link as of yet)
Update 6-25-11: Here's the longer Nightline piece:
So, again, I'm not interested in having an immigration debate on this blog, but I am interested in each of you thinking about how you define "American" and what actions you might take as an educator (or a citizen) if you discovered one of your students in this predicament.
What would you do?