Immigrant Children : A Growing Problem For American Schools

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Selamawi immigrated to Chicago from Ethiopia at the age of seven, and later graduated from Harvard. Before immigrating to America, Selamawi experienced famine, a civil war, and spent five years of his childhood in a refugee camp. Rather than holding him back, his struggles in life made him thrive in American schools. Like Selamawi, many immigrants come into this country with unique backgrounds and appreciate education. In spite of Selamawi’s story, with more and more immigrant children coming to America, many question how sufficiently these students can be educated in the school system. Others question what benefits come out of letting in immigrant children and introducing them into American schools. Popular belief has it that immigrant children are a growing problem for American schools, however immigration is only beneficial to American students and schools.

The key to a diverse education is a diverse student body. Today, more and more of the

student body is made up of immigrant children who aid education with their various cultures. Mary Tamer, a Harvard writer for Usable Knowledge, describes how immigrant students better race relationships and bring a diverse cultural background to the classroom. In other words, when immigrant students are in American schools they bring their cultural differences with them and help other students better understand those differences. For example, a cultural class is taught in most schools so that students can learn about various ways
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