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

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

The American Public Education Crisis: Introduction

Education is a passionate topic for many of the Persephone team.  From the former and current teachers who write for us and comment to the Persephone parents to our American taxpayer readers, we’ve all got a stake in public education. There is no question that we need to work together as a nation to improve how we educate our children, but until we’re able to put the needs of our nation’s kids ahead of political agendas, we’re screwed. Read More The American Public Education Crisis: Introduction

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