In response to the story on the lawsuit filed by Gabrielle Sanchez-Goyen against her parochial school (Metro, Dec. 2): Gabrielle was expelled when she refused to participate in a "color game." According to the article, the game, developed at Occidental College, is designed to "dispel the naive beliefs" of students in the "American Dream idea that if you're poor, you could make it to the top." You reported that the teacher wanted to teach his students that "the people on the bottom stay on the bottom".
I have no comment on the legal aspects of the case. I have no opinion as to whether it was appropriate for her to file suit or what the outcome should be. However, as a dreamer of the American Dream, I want to express my distress at parochial or public schools which feel it appropriate to discourage their students from dreaming the American Dream and thus preventing their aspiring to its realization.
I believe in the American Dream because I have lived it and I see people every day who are its beneficiaries. I did not start learning to speak English until I was 12. When my family came to the U.S. in 1953, we started out by picking peaches in the San Joaquin Valley. Ten years later, I had graduated from law school and have had a successful career as a lawyer and now as a Superior Court judge. Some of us did better than others, but all of us have benefited from this country's many opportunities.