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The Refugee Challenge We Are Already Facing

22 Nov

“Every child in the classroom is there to be a cultural experience for every other child in the classroom. We all learn from each other.”

Dad Gone Wild

Child_Soldier_by_Paul_AlanjonesIt’s funny. As I read all the comments about Syrian refugee children and their potential arrival in the United States over the next couple months, I marvel at people’s opinions and their lack of knowledge. I have a unique perspective because my children both attend a school where there is a high population of English Learners and children in poverty. It also serves a large population of refugees. Refugees that arrive from all over the world, places with terrorist organization every bit as active as those in Syria, just without the headlines.

There are students at my kids’ school who, just last year, lived in fear of violence. Some of them might have been carrying rifles themselves; after all, they arrived from war-torn countries like Somalia and Nigeria were the recruitment of children as soldiers is an established practice. The possibility also exists that their parents may have been complicit…

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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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