This photo shows that the students don't respect the teachers and some students are playing around in the class. In my English class, we are six students. But the students aren't interested in what we learn, they just want to have fun. Sometimes my teacher gets mad and doesn't feel like teaching. She should make her lessons harder or have more rules -- it might help her. The class is too boring. Some of the students sleep because they might not understand English. Also they can't recognize what the teacher is talking about, so I think this picture shows that in my school they don't have translation and interpretation. That's why ESL students get confused in class.
I am part of this program called SMART. SMART is made up by MLOV. MLOV stands for Many Languages One Voice. MLOV helps immigrants with issues that they face in order to make them have better lives. This photo is to show what the SMART team is working on. This photo was taken during our class. I took it because it shows the issues that we are trying to fix. This year SMART leaders are working on getting culturally sensitive school lunches, interpretation and translation for students and parents, and closing the divide between ELL students and American students. I believe other people should see this photo because it gives you an idea of what immigrants face in life and what they have to do to make life better.
As an ESL student, I have been witness to how students go through ESL classes. This photo shows newcomers in Theodore Roosevelt SHS. As I show in the photo, in many classes there are few students. These students do not get enough information about school because of the lack of understanding of the new language. They also can't get involved in school activities until they master the language. In this process, they miss a lot of information and opportunities to fully enjoy high school. I hope to see more support for ESL students in the future.
Editor's Note: Hemant, a participant in Critical Exposure's MLOV program and a Roosevelt SHS student, documents the youth jobs meeting in December 2011. 65 students marched to a meeting of over 2,000 people, where Critical Exposure student photos and stories about youth unemployment were projected onto the walls of the building.