Showing posts from October, 2013

US paradoxes for immigrants

I came across two articles this weekend that I thought were particularly prescient for our upcoming discussion on immigrant incorporation and the importance of context.

The first points out that despite what we may think, the US has historically been quite good at incorporating new immigrants and it's likely to continue to be pretty good at it. The article specifically compares the US experience with those of several European countries.

Why the U.S. Is So Good at Turning Immigrants Into Americans - Jason DeParle - The Atlantic:

However, the story doesn't end there. The same popular publication (Atlantic Monthly) also reports about the glaring inequalities in the US education system. And while the article doesn't specifically say, it seems that part of the comparison is to more egalitarian European systems. While the general perception is that US students are falling behind, this article points out that when we disaggregate the data, students in many US states outperform ma…

Z-Score Charts

Some online z score tables:
Z-Score Charta PDF versionanother PDF version And here is a image version from Boundless that, in turn, came from from ibmathstuff.wikidot.

Lesson Plan - Waldinger, Still the Promised City?

These are some of the questions you should be able to answer after reading the assigned chapters in Waldinger's book.

NYTimes: A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories

A particularly timely article as we begin discussing how and who get what jobs. Take particular note of their recruitment of immigrants.

From The New York Times:

AMERICAN MADE: A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories

Factories are finding that years of doing business overseas has withered what once was a thriving textile and apparel work force in the United States.