Why Big Thought. Big Thought equips youth in marginalized communities to imagine and create their best lives and world. The secret sauce that makes our work uniquely effective is the powerful combination of our social and emotional focus, experiential learning, community-centered partnerships, equity lens and future focus.El Presidente Vicente Fox of Mexico may hit the trifecta, owing to the Bush administration's (and administrations before it) patent indifference to illegal immigration, as well as the legions of open border apologists and liberal do-gooders who aid and abet the human invasion of our country from the south.
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- Wow, striping that wall made a big difference in that room. To help you with your striping, making it easier with the width, there is a new painting tool called the U-Stripe It & Design Tool. Who ever loves the stripes and want to paint them, check this site out. All you will need is the Delicate painters tape and this tool.
The trifecta in the making? Imagine this: Mexican textbooks in American classrooms; illegal alien students in American classrooms; and, incredibly, illegal alien teachers in American classrooms.
Last December, I published this post and wrote the following:
What American taxpayers need to understand, and especially those with school-age children attending public schools, is that the government of Mexico is striving to imbue American school children and the offspring of illegal aliens sharing classrooms with them with Mexico's culture and its nation's history. That's right .. you read that correctly. Fox News reported yesterday that a public school student in the Santa Ana School District in southern California is not only studying American history, but is receiving textbooks from Mexico via its Los Angeles-based consulate on Mexico's history. American school children in possession of Mexican textbooks!
Mexico has absolutely no business doing this -- interfering in American public education -- and the Bush Administration, which champions its No Child Left Behind educational initiative, is altogether disingenuous in not sharing this fact with American voters. Fact is, the U.S. Department of Education is a co-conspirator!
I went on to recommend to my readers an important, must-read column by Heather MacDonald, published in the prestigious, widely-read 'City Journal.' I heartily recommend once again that you read it in its entirety.
Illegal Alien Students
The Center for Immigration Studies in Washington D.C. estimates, according to Frosty Wooldridge, that 1.1 million illegal aliens currently occupy seats in America's classrooms and that number can only grow. And the cost to American taxpayers of educating other than American citizens? A staggering $12.0 billion annually, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (and $24 billion when you account for children born here in this country to illegal aliens).
As Mr. Wooldridge challenges parents of schoolchildren in this alarming column:
American parents must ask what kind of an education their kids receive from parents’ hard earned tax dollars. Short answer: severely degraded. No teacher can administer the educational curriculum with the chaos of 40 languages. They can’t teach with the fear of weapons and drugs in classrooms. As shown in Denver and in much of the USA, one in five teachers quit out of complete frustration.
What can be done? We must insist that our publicly elected leaders, first of all, stop the illegal alien invasion. We cannot survive it much longer. It creates a non-viable underclass, which in time will create hopelessness for millions. It will also create violence as their numbers grow. Second, we must insist that all people speak English in America as their first language. We cannot have foreign language television and radio stations that enhance non-assimilation. We must not allow multiple languages to be offered in any official public documents. We fracture our society and separate it into multiple language factions and an uneasy tension if we continue on this path with over 40 to 100 languages. Third, we must insist on 90 percent graduation rates from high school by ensuring that all students are here in this country legally and that they and their parents want to invest in the American Dream. Without the horrific confusion and costs of illegal alien students, we have a greater chance of realizing that kind of success.
Illegal Alien Teachers
In California alone, illegal and legal immigration have led to state agencies and California's public school districts having to grapple with adults and schoolchildren who speak over 100 different languages. The California Department of Education (CDE) 'recognizes 54 languages in data from its annual census.'
The upshot? Would you believe in Los Angeles County alone 3.8 million adults (53% of L.A. County's adult workforce) are effectively illiterate? And the numbers only get worse, as VDARE reports.
But some school districts in the United States intend to get creative in coming up with innovative solutions for educating their large, non-English speaking student populations. Enter the Dallas School District. They're considering hiring illegal alien school teachers to overcome the hurdle of bilingual education!
Some Dallas Independent School District trustees said they look forward to discussing the issue while others are treading cautiously. The district's attorneys will also participate in the discussion at today's meeting.
'I'm open to listening to the legal points they might make,' trustee Hollis Brashear said. 'But I don't know if we can discuss something that involves not complying with U.S. law.'
'We as trustees can no longer solve problems like we did 10 years ago,' Mr. Garza said. 'We have to be innovative.'
For Mr. May, no idea is too far-fetched. Last year, he successfully pushed a proposal, initially greeted with considerable skepticism, that requires some principals to become bilingual. The issue divided blacks and Hispanics and received nationwide attention.
This is precisely why America must secure its porous borders and stop the invasion. And this is why what Rep. Tom Tancredo refers to as 'Amnesty-Lite' -- namely, President Bush's proposed, Ted Kennedy-endorsed,Guest Worker Program -- must be defeated.
Maybe, just maybe, the issue of what's happening in America's classrooms will get American parents off their collective hindquarters to join the fight for border security and immigration reform sans amnesty. If they won't fight the political fight for themselves, let's hope they'll do it for their children. The K-12 public school classroom has become a microcosm of illegal immigration's deleterious effects on this country -- a veritable petri dish for the insidious Bush-Fox alliance, determined as it is to forge an 'integrated North America with open borders and a common labor market.' The children, of course, get lost in the politics and are compelled to learn Spanish, read Mexican textbooks, and, perhaps not in the too distant future, receive their education from teachers here illegally.
And do remember: quality educations are not just a function of quality teachers. Students also benefit from the quality of the students around them. If you accept that premise, this and this should give you pause.
What say you? Had enough?
FOLLOW-UP (02/11/06): James Fulford adds to the immigrant teachers' controversy that I point to in my post and provides some important links. Do read it.
When it comes to maintaining eyebrows, I'm a big believer in the power of some good ol' tweezers. But if you've ever purchased your own pair from a beauty supply, you might have noticed just how many different types of tweezers there are. Microsoft word for mac. (Seriously, who came up with all of these?) And because it seems like the common pair of slant tweezers are multipurpose enough to cover a range of tweezer-related needs, what do all of those other shapes actually do?
Even if you're more of a waxer or a threader, there are plenty of other reasons that make it a good idea to have a pair of tweezers around. Whether you just need to touch up around your arch, have an ingrown hair that needs to be artfully plucked, or just need a hand applying a pair of falsies, the right pair of tweezers will easily get the job done. So you can be sure you have the right type on hand, here's what all of those differently shaped tweezers are capable of. Just make sure that, regardless of the shape you select, to always pick a pair with stainless steel tips. Not only will they last longer, but they won't rust and cause irritation when they come in contact with your skin.
1. Slant-Tip Tweezers
Tweezerman Slant Tweezer, $21, Amazon
The classic slant-tip is a staple. This shape is ideal for tweezing brows as the edge can easily grab hairs while the point can be used for more precise plucking. This style can even be used to apply false lashes.
2. Point-Tip Tweezers
Tweezerman Point Tweezer, $19, Amazon
I know this style looks scary, and they can be a little dangerous if you don't have a steady hand. But if you do, these will help you pluck the thinnest or shortest of hairs. This style is also ideal for tweezing ingrown hairs or even removing splinters. And if you're into nail art, point-tip tweezers can help grab and place small rhinestones or decals.
3. Pointed-Slant Tweezers
Tweezerman Pointed Slant, $19, Amazon
Combining the previous two types of tweezers will give you this bad boy. Although the slant is more severe, it will still grab hairs as easily as a classic, slant-tip. And even though the point is not as sharp as regular, point-tip tweezers it will still offer enough precision to grab fine hairs and relieve ingrowns and splinters.
4. Round-Tip Tweezers
ApeX Original Round Tip Precision Tweezers, $19, Amazon
While round-tip tweezers are not the best for tweezing straight-on as they may grab too many hairs at once, they are good for tweezing at various angles. Plus, the rounded tip makes this type safer, as the risk of accidentally stabbing yourself while tweezing is significantly reduced.
5. Flat-Tip Tweezers
Long Flat Tip Black Plastic Anti-static Tweezers, $4, Amazon
Get Creative With Stripes And Big Slanted
Flat tips are generally not recommended for tweezing hairs as they will grab too many at once and pull unevenly. However, they can still be used in other ways, like applying false lashes.
6. Arched-Claw Tweezers
Ultra Claw Tip Tweezer Stainless, $18, Amazon
Instead of the traditional taper that tweezers usually have, an arched-claw will provide some more leverage by allowing you to better see what hairs you have trapped. This style can be especially useful when tweezing harder-to-see areas like around the bikini line or harder-to-see, short or light-colored hairs.
Get Creative With Stripes And Big Slant Boards
7. Wide-Grip Tweezers
Wide Grip Slant Tweezer, $15, Amazon
Wide-grip tweezers can come with a variety of tip shapes, but the idea is that the wider body provides extra comfort and control. So if you feel like you can be a little messy, a wider grip may help increase your skill.
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