Education

A Year in the Lives of Immigrant Teens in Dallas

By Mary Ann Zehr — June 10, 2008 1 min read

The Dallas Morning News is running a thoughtful, five-part series based on observations by reporters of older immigrant teens at Adamson High School in Dallas. (The story I posted yesterday about the Mexico-U.S. connection was part of that same series.)

“Their first year is always the hardest,” says one of the reporters in an overview video."They feel homesick and struggle with the allure to quit and go to work. Then there is the language barrier. ...”

Does this sound familiar? I’d like to hear from readers some of the ways that educators can convince immigrant students who arrive in the United States as teenagers that it’s worthwhile to stick it out and continue their education rather than to drop out and get a job.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.