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AZ Gov Signs Bill Ending Anti-US Studies

From an apoplectic Associated Press:

Arizona gov. signs bill targeting ethnic studies

By Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press Writer Wed May 12, 2010

PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill targeting a school district’s ethnic studies program, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts condemned the measure.

Imagine, defying those six United Nations human rights experts like that. Surely, this is another crime against humanity.

State schools chief Tom Horne, who has pushed the bill for years, said he believes the Tucson school district’s Mexican-American studies program teaches Latino students that they are oppressed by white people.

Public schools should not be encouraging students to resent a particular race, he said

There goes half the public schools curriculum.

The measure signed Tuesday prohibits classes that advocate ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group.

Imagine our media masters outrage if there were Aryan Nation courses being taught anywhere in America? So what exactly is the difference here?

The Tucson Unified School District program offers specialized courses in African-American, Mexican-American and Native-American studies that focus on history and literature and include information about the influence of a particular ethnic group…

District officials said the program doesn’t promote resentment, and they believe it would comply with the new law.

See what the Tucson courses actually teach below.

The measure doesn’t prohibit classes that teach about the history of a particular ethnic group, as long as the course is open to all students and doesn’t promote ethnic solidarity or resentment.

Observe how deep into the article this bit of information is buried.

About 1,500 students at six high schools are enrolled in the Tucson district’s program. Elementary and middle school students also are exposed to the ethnic studies curriculum. The district is 56 percent Hispanic, with nearly 31,000 Latino students.

Sean Arce, director of the district’s Mexican-American Studies program, said last month that students perform better in school if they see in the curriculum people who look like them.

"It’s a highly engaging program that we have, and it’s unfortunate that the state Legislature would go so far as to censor these classes," he said…

By the way, from the website of the Tucson Unified School District:

Mexican American Studies

Social Justice Education Project

The Social Justice Education Project has fostered the development of the department’s Critically Compassionate Intellectualism. For more information, see the Mexican American Studies Model.

Through the unification of elements within this model, the department engages in the following pursuits:

  * Advocate for and provide culturally relevant curriculum for grades K-12. 
  * Advocate for and provide curriculum that is centered within the pursuit of social justice. 
  * Advocate for and provide curriculum that is centered within the Mexican American/Chicano cultural and historical experience. 
  * Work towards the invoking of a critical consciousness within each and every student. 
  * Provide and promote teacher education that is centered within Critical Pedagogy, Latino Critical Race Pedagogy, and Authentic Caring. 
  * Promote and advocate for social and educational transformation. 
  * Promote and advocate for the demonstration of respect, understanding, appreciation, inclusion, and love at every level of service.

Everywhere you see ‘Mexican American,’ you should read ‘Raza.’ For that is how the program is universally referred to. Of course, ‘raza’ means ‘race’ in Spanish.

Imagine a school teaching classes on race? We thought that had gone out with Hitler’s Germany.

By the way, the TUSD is the nation’s only school district that has a ‘Mexican American Studies’ department.

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “AZ Gov Signs Bill Ending Anti-US Studies”

  1. mr_bill says:

    I’d like to remember the past few weeks as the point where the flood of liberalism crested and the waters finally rolled back. Keep leading the way Arizona, there are millions of people who have been yearning for somebody to lead the charge. Now, the rest of the border states need to bring up the flanks and keep up the momentum.

  2. proreason says:

    “Public schools should not be encouraging students to resent a particular race, he said…”


    Our politicians are extremely proprietary about that.

    • Indeed.. a little too singular unfortunately. Good for her however.

    • Mithrandir says:

      NOW, it’s just the next step to GET RID OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. Or, by it’s proper name, government sponsored racial favoritism. (remember when that was wrong?)

      God I hope Arizona leads the way on that one too!

  3. crate says:

    I emailed Gov Brewer and gave her support on the immigration bill.. I will be going out this summer and probably will insist Arizona as part of the trip!

  4. NoNeoCommies says:

    Now the haters in San Francisco can go to SEIU and CPUSA to pick up their signs and lunches, get on the buses and go protest this without actually reading the bill or trying to understand it.
    Then they can chase down some counter protesters that they greatly outnumber and beat them up!
    Just like they did over the immigration law.

    Aren’t they just so tolerant and peaceful in San Fransisco?
    Not like those horrible Tea Partiers.

    • Right of the People says:

      If they feel so deeply about this in San Fran, they should travel to Arizona to protest. I wonder how far they’d get trying to get in the face of a rancher.

  5. Right of the People says:

    Jan Brewer and Sarah Palin for President and VP in 2012!

  6. Everywhere you see ‘La Raza,’ you should read ‘La Racist.’

    Imagine such an ‘ethnic studies’ course in the backwoods of ‘Bama specifically for the benefit of a bunch of rednecks. The Left’s spittle-flecked tirades would have an entirely different target.

    But the hypocrisy is lost on them.

    I blame gub’mint schools.

  7. misanthropicus says:

    Trivia – a few years ago, at the peak of the Borders/ Barnes & Noble new type of business, I stopped in Santa Monica to check one of those outfits. Fabulous – and I got a glossy coffee table book, and started idly leafing it (coffee on the house) –
    The tome was “Torture – across the world and across history” – handsomely illustrated and with mighty commentaries –
    So I went through tortures, 700 BC to 1990-s AD, from Greece to Rome, Scandinavia to Spain, Russia to Canada (imagine!), England to Transylvania, Israel to Iceland – hey, the works, yeah, this what they did and still do –

    Yet, this horryfying expose completely stopped when it came to pre-Columbian America, India, China, Japan – now, I know that those are very fine people, clearly dwarfing in achievements the Western world.
    Yet, were they really that un-interested in… extraterritorial rendition and waterboarding?

    Am I on the same page with the Arizona legislators here? If so, I am very pround –

    Confused in Los Angeles –

  8. TwilightZoned says:

    I never really knew anything about Gov. Brewer prior to all this hoopla, but I like what I see so far. It only takes one brave soul to begin a movement. Other states need to get on board; the people are ready and will follow.

  9. MinnesotaRush says:

    Who is it that sings, “.. and I’m proud to be an American ..”?

    ‘Cuz I am!!!

    I have some Irish and German blood in me (God bless the family tree); but I am an AMERICAN!!! NOT an Irish-American, NOT a German-American, not an Irish/German-American .. an AMERICAN!!! And damned proud of it and very, very grateful, too!

    How ’bout we quit pandering to this “Victim-American” crap and start doing what’s good for America – not the selfish and self-centered “take care of me America” crowd. You’re owed NOTHING!

    If you long so for your ethnicity and culture, go back to your homeland and have a revolution there. Secure your homeland and culture couragously – don’t come to your overly patient and generous neighbors and demand stuff.

    I’m loving AZ’s actions and its’ Governor’s bravado!


  10. Mithrandir says:

    THANK GOD! My ex-fiance took GENDER STUDIES at our university, and guess what?

    She turned into the biggest man-hating radical I have ever met! She was Ok for the 2 years we dated prior to that time. After 1 year of her indoctrination, we could no longer tolerate each other and broke-up. (thanks jerks!)

    Get rid of ALL those gender, ethnic, homosexual studies programs! If you want to study your race and gender, go to Barnes & Noble and put in your own time, and save yourself $20,000.

    *Additionally, I had to take 1 ethnic studies class (black, indian, woman) in order to graduate, I chose black. It was a horribly biased class, no room for any reasonable discussion, and most people probably felt anger towards white people or anger towards black people after taking that class, what a nightmare~

    • CIV says:

      My daughter’s best friend took a gender studies class last semester and came out hating men and marriage. Sigh.

      Thankfully we spent time rebutting all the propaganda in the “history” text books as our daughter went through K-12, so she is smart enough to tune out that stuff and avoid those gender/ethnic/race classes.

  11. Petronius says:

    SG: “There goes half the public schools curriculum.”

    Ha! Good one! :=)

    The chief mission of our public schools is to prepare in the hearts and minds of our children an appreciation, understanding, receptiveness to, and aspiration toward all that is good and valuable in our Western cultural heritage. This purpose is self-evident and requires no explanation.

    To whatever extent American schools fail to instill respect––even love––for Western Civilization heritage and values in our children, they have failed in their mission.

    Unfortunately today that mission is being accomplished nowhere.

  12. joeblough says:

    Will wonders never cease?

    Thank God for Jan Brewer!!!!!

  13. confucius says:

    La gringa sabia es muy caliente.

  14. bousquem says:

    I don’t care if people are proud of their heritage but will call themselves “American” and nothing else. I’m half polish and half french but I consider myself american, not polish-american or french-american. I remember talking with my grandparents about them or their parents coming from Canada or Poland. Aside from the french-canadian side going to canada yearly to see their huge extended family, the polish side never wanted to leave america, they much prefered it here than anywhere else. Could my great grandparents barely speak english, yes, but they were very proud to be naturalized american citizens and have their children fight and die for the US in WWII and korea. I’ve known a number of immigrants from my hometown, mostly polish, and are so proud of being american citizens. I don’t see how having race studies for minorities being okay when all it does it promote racism. History classes in all grades should stress the achievements of important people regardless of race or gender. For such a country that is said to be post-racial divide and post-gender divide, it seems like the left is constantly stressing gender and race and how important it is to be a minority and hate all the other races, especially white people.

    • Carol says:

      I agree!! My grandparents or great grandparents came from Switzerland, Hungary and former Chechoslovakia. They all learned English, became naturalized citizens, and loved and assimilated into the country they adopted! It was unheard of to continue referring to oneself as from the country they left behind. They were not “Swiss/Amercian”, “Hungarian/American” or “Slovak/American”. And neither am I. They never went back to Europe. They knew their freedom and opportunity were here in the U.S.
      Jan Brewer is a brave woman to get rid of these ethnic studies classes that only promote racism and culture wars. Thank you Jan Brewer! I’m headed to Arizona this summer to vaction and spend my money there!

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