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Dear Readers: The Mexican is currently in the rancho, scheming about how to get close enough to Donald Trump so I can smear a bean burrito in his face ... HA! But I did want to share two cosas. A couple of weeks back, I published a letter by one Dickhead in Denver, who asked eight pendejo questions, everything from why Mexicans are so fat to why Mexicans aren't good in math. Your humble paisa easily knocked him down, but so did many of ustedes in letters sent to me—chingao!

One I wish I could quote directly, but let's just say an executive from a major American company told me they hire more engineers from Mexico than the United States, and showed me the numbers to prove it—chingao! The following letter is one I'm allowed to share in its entirety:

I can't address some of the B.S. addressed by this individual so aptly named, but here's something: I taught as an intern and then as a substitute teacher in Albuquerque, almost exclusively at Dolores Gonzalez Elementary by the BioPark for two years. The kids from Mexico were better in Math, Science, and Language skills (Spanish, of course) than local kids, and in one of the classes where I acted as a teaching assistant while an unpaid intern, there were five of them that were placed in advanced classes the following year. Where the kids got screwed up was a three-fold thing: 1) Dealing with "cooperative learning" crap. They were used to traditional, old-school methods with the teacher in front of the class and the kids listening, taking notes, etc. When you broke them up into groups, that's when problems began. 2) Learning a new language. 3) Pressures from IDIOT local Hispanic/Latino kids that ridiculed them and sometimes beat them up because they were diligently trying to learn, and pressures at home from parents that were also dealing with a number of issues.

—'Burque Babe

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