In order for the US to continue to lead in the global arena, these minority students and especially English Language Learners (ELLs) have to succeed in school. ELLs are growing at an even faster rate than other minority groups in US schools; these students are the future of the country and currently they are disproportionately affected by these issues.
Other ELLs are international students; they come to the US for educational purposes because of the prestige the US holds around the world. Some international students are brought to the country by the parents who may be employed in the country. These economic migrants are different from those who come to the US to work in low wage or to do farm work. However, they may experience similar issues when they come to the US. Many of them find schools that are not accessible, teachers that do not know how to teach them and an environment that is foreign to them.
Many times I knew what was going on around me, I was even able to make friends with one or two of the students. I knew I needed to make friends because I needed help with the language and the assignments that I was still expected to get done. I received help with my school work at times and at times the students were too busy with their own work or did not want to get bothered. I remember being frustrated, not feeling that I was accessing the curriculum the same way as other students and losing confidence in myself.