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I read this in the Virginia Free Citizen and I thought at first:  This is too obvious to be true – the Free Citizen is the victim of an elaborate hoax.

So I went to Senator Warner’s website and found the press release:

Senator Warner Engages Virginia Students on Immigration Reform

Releases lesson plan in collaboration with UClass, UVA

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) has released a lesson plan entitled “Speak Up for Immigration,” which encourages high school students across Virginia to develop more informed perspectives on immigration reform and participate in the democratic process. As part of the unit, students will write a policy brief to their local, state or federal elected officials on how to make improvements to our immigration system. Warner teamed up with the global lesson exchange platform, UClass, and the University of Virginia (UVA) class Educating for Global Citizenship to create the module.


Charlottesville High School, which will serve as the flagship school for this lesson, currently has students affected by the outcomes of immigration reform. Tina Vasquez, CHS ELL teacher who co-developed the course, said, “About 10% of CHS students are born in another country. The Global Citizenship course provides an opportunity for refugee and immigrant students to draw upon their own experiences, cultures, and languages as a resource, to teach their American-born peers about global issues from a personal perspective.”

Carol Anne Spreen, professor of UVA’s Educating for Global Citizenship class, said, “In the class we have a diverse group of twenty university students, as well as twenty high school immigrant, refugee and honor students working together… What could be a better way to inform and bring about policy change?”

“This collaboration with Senator Warner and the forum on UClass is a meaningful way for students to express their thoughts on key issues, such as immigration reform,” said Robin LeRosen, a graduate student in Spreen’s class.

Sen. Warner will speak via videoconference with students at Charlottesville High School on December 4, 2013. School leaders and teachers interested in getting their classrooms involved can visit

Now I went to the UClass site (cited but not linked to) in this press release (Directly from the Senator’s website) and found references to, you guessed it:  Common Core! and this lesson plan involving Senator Warner:

Students will write letters to the President or other Elected Officials about what should be done to improve our country’s immigration system.

Student Directions:

1. Students will read the personal stories and view photographs of immigrant refugees to America. They will discuss these narratives with an eye towards understanding how conflicts in other countries impact immigration flow.
2. Students will share personal stories of immigration from their own lives, their friends or family.
3. Students will view a documentary, watch news clips and read news articles about local & state immigration policies. They will compare policies in different regions and states.
5. Students will analyze the rights of undocumented students who wish to go to college in the United States.
6. Students will analyze immigration policies and laws and determine what changes, if any, are necessary.
7. Students will write to the President or local/state representatives about policies they think are needed regarding immigration, in an effort to influence a solution over problems that they see.

I am afraid this will be indoctrination in favor of liberal immigration policy.  I recommend conservative students in Charlottesville HS be armed with facts and challenge liberal dogma.  If you feel that is dangerous to your academic standing, simply find a way to get a parent to help you opt out.  I also would like to see this on what I call Radio Free Charlottesville:  The Schilling Show



About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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