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The Heart of the Evil in Mexican American Studies in Arizona

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This is a new policy, instituted by Pedicone, who officially became superintendent this year. And it is part of a climate of fear that pervades the ethnic-studies teaching ranks. TUSD teachers told me that they're being closely watched by administrators>

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Kit B (276)
Friday April 6, 2012, 12:28 pm

Enemies of the Tucson Unified School District’s ethnic studies program would have the public believe that a cabal of commie educators are teaching revolution in TUSD’s classrooms.

The reality is not quite as sexy as this vision of young Patty Hearst's, Huey Newtons, and Bernardine Dohrn's getting groomed with lessons on Marxism and Chairman Mao.

Indeed, to listen to the likes of former state Schools Superintendent and current Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, the primary pusher of the ethnic studies ban signed into law last year by Governor Jan Brewer, you’d think Tucson high school kids are learning how to hate whitey and make pipe bombs.

This is also the general line, BTW, that the Arizona Republic’s official crotchety old white man, Doug Ma, Che cheer, who — like a lot of mean, ornery, teabagger - esque ofays — is genuinely terrified of young, intelligent Latinos, armed with facts and logic.

God forbid these young people ever grow up, go to college, and become Horne and MacEachern’s worst nightmares: members of a new political establishment that will condemn theirs to a timely grave.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a Mexican American Studies class, something Horne has never done, despite his signing a “finding” that calls for the program’s elimination.

The Bird
Stephen Lemons


Please read this short but comprehensive article.

Kit B (276)
Friday April 6, 2012, 12:31 pm

Again my thanks to my dear friend Frank S for this article. When we use education as a tool to control society we lose our society. The history of America is filled with great stories of the people who lived here long before the white man, all students are being deprived of learning the true facts of America.

Alice C (1797)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 10:52 am
I'm in the mood for a burrito !

William K (308)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 12:50 pm
There are so many states where a very oppressive, totalitarian, and qutie frankly, un-democratic and un-American attitudes have taken hold in the halls of government - Arizona, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and dare I add, Texas? Speaking as a member of the liberal Texan diaspora, of course.

Vallee R (280)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 6:11 pm
Kit - our history has been dumbed down more and more over the decades - now they are targeting ethnic groups.

JL A (281)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 11:10 am
Corporacracy began public education to transfer their costs of training workers onto the taxpayers and are really fearful of education that might lead to competition.

Diana P (12)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 12:12 pm

James Merit (144)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 3:34 pm
thank you

Carmen S (611)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 6:21 pm
noted, thanks Kit

Cate S (7)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 10:01 pm
Sadly I suspect that Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne wouldn't have the intelligence to read Paolo Friere's challenging work. Friere promoted education. But I also wonder if Horne bothered to speak to teachers in his schools about the aims and objectives of ethnic studies. Where are white Arizonan kids attending school, by the way?

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Monday April 9, 2012, 2:20 am

Past Member (0)
Monday April 9, 2012, 2:26 am
Noted. Thanks.

Monday April 9, 2012, 5:42 am
This attack against Mexican-Americans is not the main target or goal. The main target and major goal is to disempower the Mexican-American voting population and all minorities, by providing as many obstacles to success as possible. Barefoot, pregnant, ignorant, is what the right-wing really wants for all minorities including American Women. Minority and Women voting power scares the Hell out of them!

Kristen H (25)
Wednesday April 11, 2012, 1:34 pm
"God forbid these young people ever grow up, go to college, and become Horne and MacEachern’s worst nightmares: members of a new political establishment that will condemn theirs to a timely grave."

YAY. I can't wait till the new political establishment condemns this racist and uncouth repressive system and tosses it out on its ear - back to the rubbish pile where it left its white hoods after it stopped calling itself the KKK.

"MAS was created to address the disparity between dropout rates and low test scores of Latinos versus other students. The idea behind it is to engage at-risk students with history and literature that speaks to them and their experiences."

And why not? I have long (since 6th grade when I had a blowup with my teacher, 30 years ago, about why JFK got three pages of praises in our textbook, whereas MLK Jr only had 2 paragraphs that barely mentioned his life's work) believed that the typical public school education is sorely lacking in the REAL history of this nation. We ALL need to know what African-Americans, Native-Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans have done to make this a great place. It ain't just white folks yknow. If it HAD been left up to the white folks, we'd have died out in Jamestown and Plymouth long before we had a chance to putrefy the ground by spilling innocent blood time and time again.
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