Why I Hate Cinco de Mayo

This post originally appeared on Persephone Magazine in 2012, but remains just as true today.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the battle of Puebla where the Mexican army defeated the French. It is barely celebrated in Mexico and I hate it; I hate it with a passion and I get irrationally angry when I see what a huge deal it is made out to be here in the U.S. Read More Why I Hate Cinco de Mayo

Race and Young Children

Susan recently wrote a piece about American-Americans and color-blindness that gave me ~*feelings*~, and it made me think, “How do we teach our children about race?”

Let me begin by saying that children are not stupid. Read More Race and Young Children

Why I Hate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the battle of Puebla where the Mexican army defeated the French. It is barely celebrated in Mexico and I hate it; I hate it with a passion and I get irrationally angry when I see what a huge deal it is made out to be here in the U.S. Read More Why I Hate Cinco de Mayo

Badass Bilingual Bitches

A state law calling for English-only in the public schools. A national movement of “Americanization.” Educators and administrators working to erase the home culture of their students. Sounds like today, right? Nope. Think 1900s Laredo, Texas and enter Jovita Idar and Leonor Villegas de Magnón who said, “Fuck that, our children deserve better.” Read More Badass Bilingual Bitches

Education in America: Response to What?

In response to my defenses of teachers and the American public education system, people often ask me, “Mona, so what are we doing to support these struggling students that we hear so much about?”

To this I answer, “RtI!”
Read More Education in America: Response to What?

In Defense of Bilingual Education

As a bilingual educator, I often find myself fighting an uphill battle in regards to bilingual education.  Many people, including fellow teachers, do not see the need for bilingual education and advocate for English-only programs for speakers of other languages.  Some states have even gone so far as to outlaw bilingual education, and as such, bilingual education has been pulled into the political realm.   Read More In Defense of Bilingual Education