By GINGER THOMPSON
A record influx of immigrants has put classrooms on the front lines of America’s battles over whether and how to assimilate the newcomers and their children.
Assimilation is the process by which new information is assimilated or incorporated into ones' existing neural structures.
Merkel rejects call for Turkish schools in Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected a call by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Germany to build Turkish-language schools and universities. Merkel told reporters in Hamburg that minorities who want to live in Germany have to accept the German way
of life. Erdogan also drew criticism for using a speech in Cologne on Sunday to tell Turks in Germany that they should integrate but not assimilate. Assimilation, Erdogan said, was tantamount to a crime against humanity. Tensions between Germans and Turks have been
raised by a recent fire at an apartment building that killed nine Turkish immigrants. Some Turks fear that neo-Nazis set fire to the building. An investigation into the cause of the blaze is ongoing.
Fire Sets German-Turkish Race Relations on Edge
A house fire in Germany that took the lives of at least nine Turkish residents has the country increasingly on edge, amid speculation that the blaze was the result of racially motivated arson.
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nervous and not relaxed:縦に（して）; 興奮して［気が立って］; しきりに…したがって ((to do)).
Is something wrong? You seem a bit on edge this morning.
arson noun [U]━━ n. 【法】放火（罪）.
the crime of intentionally starting a fire in order to damage or destroy something, especially a building:
A cinema was burnt out in north London last night. Police suspect arson.
arsonist noun [C]
Police are blaming arsonists for the spate of fires in the Greenfields housing estate.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
tantamount Show phonetics
adjective SLIGHTLY FORMAL
tantamount to being almost the same or having the same effect as, usually something bad:
Her refusal to answer was tantamount to an admission of guilt.
assimilate Show phonetics
verb [I or T]
to take in, fit into, or become similar (to):
The European Union should remain flexible enough to assimilate more countries quickly.
You shouldn't expect immigrants to assimilate into an alien culture immediately.
It's hard to assimilate (= learn and understand) so much information.
In this form vitamins can be easily assimilated by the body.
assimilation Show phonetics
The assimilation of ethnic Germans in the US was accelerated by the two world wars.
assimilable Show phonetics
A textbook needs to be assimilable (= able to be understood) to sell a lot of copies.
━━ vt. 同化する, 吸収する ((to)); 消化する; 理解する.
━━ vi. 吸収される; 同化する; 似る ((to, with)).
━━ n. 〔米〕 同化された物［人］.
━━ a. 同化しうる.
as・sim・i・la・tion ━━ n. 消化吸収; 同化（作用）; 【音声】同化.
as・sim・i・la・tive ━━ a. 同化の, 同化力のある.
as・sim・i・la・tor ━━ n.