One day, my wife and I visited the State Art Museum in Nizhny Novgorod. The docent was going to explain the layout of the collection to me, but she didn't speak English, and my Russian wasn't all that good. But we both knew enough French for her to explain it "en francais."
Having said that, she is completely and totally in the right on this topic. The class is supposed to be Spanish LANGUAGE. Obviously that means that some aspects of Spanish culture will be introduced as well, but this assignment goes well beyond that in my mind. Then again I'm the guy who will stand quietly during the Canadian national anthem at a hockey game, but will not take my hat off. When the Star Spangled Banner is played however, it's hat off, hand over the heart, standing at attention and quietly singing along.
I say good for her. She stood up for something, took the bad grade in stride, and moved on.
It seems bizarre to me that some people think a class for a foreign language should avoid discussing a foreign culture. I also don't see how disrespect for another nation = respect for your own.
I can see how this could be a prickly issue. It is called a "pledge of allegiance" after all. But "indoctrination" makes this sound far more malevolent than it is. It's disrespectful of all the hard work real brainwashers do.
I know the Canadian anthem by heart (too many hockey games) but that doesn't make me Canadian...does it? Hey, it's a catchy tune. Shoot, now it's stuck in my head...
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It is beyond bigotry to subjugate the importance of all other Spanish speaking nations to Mexico in a US classroom. Even if this were a World History class, that'd still be bad information.
Not that this is my primary objection...but it's a close second.