I applaud Brewer in her recent efforts to restore sanity to Arizona. This bill coupled with Arizona's new immigration law seem to be strong steps in the right direction. I wonder though if there will be protests against this bill as well?
The following excerpts are from Yahoo News:
Arizona gov. signs bill targeting ethnic studiesI wonder on what basis the U.N. experts condemned the measure? The same organization that has allowed Iran a seat on a woman's rights committee is going to condemn anything so innocuous as this? I think the U.N. has an incredibly large credibility problem.
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.
Is there any rational person who would argue this point? We should not be fostering racism in any form in our public schools; even if it is against white folks.
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.
As I mentioned earlier the fact that this bill is even necessary speaks volumes as to just how screwed up our school systems are.
"It's just like the old South, and it's long past time that we prohibited it," Horne said.
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.
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.
I wonder what the sentiment would be if they also had a White-American studies course in their curriculum? Would the opponents of this bill feel the same? I sincerely doubt it. This I can say: I would no more approve of that than I would the courses this bill seeks to eliminate.
Actually they should have fired Huerta if she was a teacher. If she wasn't a teacher they should have disciplined whoever allowed her to speak to students. Racism cannot be tolerated in any form from any person.
Horne, a Republican running for attorney general, said the program promotes "ethnic chauvinism" and racial resentment toward whites while segregating students by race. He's been trying to restrict it ever since he learned that Hispanic civil rights activist Dolores Huerta told students in 2006 that "Republicans hate Latinos."
WHAT? It is now necessary to find persons with matching skin tone in order for students to learn? This is absolute racists drivel. I am pretty sure I wasn't hindered by the fact that I had black, Hispanic and Asian teachers. I didn't drop I.Q. points when I saw people in my text books who lacked white skin, blond hair and blue eyes. What a bunch of crap. These students would perform better if we removed the liberal ideologues from the school system and started teaching them the fundamentals instead of a bunch of multi-cultural bulls**t.
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.
Right. Because the U.N., which is chaired by a whole bunch of tin pot dictators and despots, is a beacon of human rights.The U.N. should tend to places like Iran and leave us alone.
"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.
Six UN human rights experts released a statement earlier Tuesday saying all people have the right to learn about their own cultural and linguistic heritage, they said.