Ethnic Studies Classes Banned in Arizona

The controversial ban on ethnic studies classes in Arizona public schools goes into effect today, after much outcry from critics who claim that the law openly discriminates against minorities.  According to the Christian Science Monitor, the law bans classes that “promote the overthrow of the United States government and resentment toward a race or class of people.”  It also prohibits courses designed “primarily for students of a particular ethnic group and those that advocate ethnic solidarity rather than treat students as individuals.”

The concern, according to the law’s proponents, is that ethnic studies classes divide students; the ban was proposed in response to a Mexican-American history program in Tucson.  The law is fairly obviously politically motivated, however, since as educators have pointed out, the classes are open to all.

The district says that it will retain the program, despite risking losing state funding.  The newly hired superintendent pointed out that the program has clear benefits: 70 to 75 percent of the students that go through the program go on to college, compared with 20 to 25 percent of a similar group.

The current climate in Arizona, as other Care2 writers have eloquently pointed out over the past year, is unspeakably hostile to immigrants and minorities, and it seems clear that this is a similar attack.  Educators are concerned that these restrictions could resurface in other states (as in Virginia, which enabled police to ask about immigration status on routine stops).

The district is right to stand up to this horrible new ban – it’s not without reason that some critics have started referring to Arizona as the “new South.”

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R1 months ago

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Jeanne R1 months ago

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Jeanne R1 months ago

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William C
William C2 months ago

Thank you.

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W. C
W. C2 months ago

Thanks for the information.

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Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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MarilynBusy FORCHARITIES
5 years ago

Sorry to burst your bubble, but if you go back to the earliest comments, some people posted details about the classes and the text book being used..which is basically a how-to book on revolution.
If they have ethnic studies classes for immigrants from one country, they should have them for ALL countries and they don't...and if they did, they wouldn't be teaching about how to overthrow a government.

These classes are very divisive and not conducive to creating peace among people of different nationalities.
Please do some research.

As for Arizona....we're not all racist...we're not all cowboys. Some of us came for the weather and the scenery.
To be honest, if 1070 never existed, the immigration problems would not be in the news any more than they were 5 years ago, and there wouldn't be some much needed reform on the way to HELP the illegals get a path to legal status.

Sometimes good things are borne of bad things.

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Lisa Hess
Lisa Hess5 years ago

Cont- tolerance we need to learn about every culture and its a shame these poor kids in Arizona have to grow up around the ones in charge there. They are going to be shocked when they grow up to find a good portion of the country just shakes their heads in shame at the intolerance and hatred that came out of their state for generations.

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