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    Does TUSD's ethnic studies program violate Arizona's new law?

    Well, it sure sounds like it does. Sounds and looks like they are breeding revolutionaries and basically slamming the USA for racism. I mean, getting the brown berets yet not teaching the history behind it and who Che Geuvara was, is enough isn't it?

    Does TUSD's ethnic studies program violate Arizona's new law? - KGUN 9 On Your Side, Tucson News, Weather & Sports

    "...9 on Your Side took a closer look. One of the textbooks that TUSD uses in its ethnic studies program is Chicano!, by F. Arturo Rosales. The book teaches the history of racism and oppression in the United States directed against the Mexican, Mexican-American, and Hispanic populations. As the name implies, a large portion of the textbook is devoted to the Chicano movement that sprang up to fight social injustice and to push for civil rights. There are some similarities between the Chicano movement tactics that the book documents and the tactics some TUSD students have practicing recently.

    The cover of the book features graphic art of protesters with their fists in the air. Pages 248, 249 and 253 feature photographs of Chicano movement members with raised fists. The photograph on page 253 shows a student with a raised fist sitting in a classroom with other students; the text on that page makes the point that Chicano studies programs in the Southwest are "the most visible vestige" of the Chicano movement. A review of KGUN9 News footage over the past week shows many TUSD students raising their fists in the same fashion as those shown in the textbook.

    Page 185 shows a picture of students walking out of school as part of a protest. Such student walkouts have been a major component of recent protests in Tucson against the ethnic studies restrictions and against Arizona's controversial immigration crackdown.

    And then there is the brown beret issue. Pages 193 and 199 of the textbook show pictures of demonstrators wearing brown berets. The book acknowledges a link to Che Guevara as an inspiration for the berets. Interestingly, the textbook does not explain who Guevara was. Guevara was a Marxist revolutionary leader and a major figure in the Cuba's communist revolution, revered by some as an inspiration to the downtrodden, but reviled by others as a ruthless killer who bragged about personally shooting defectors..."
    Sounds all cute and innocent doesn't it? You can read more at the link.

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    Re: Does TUSD's ethnic studies program violate Arizona's new law?

    I wonder who reviewed this book before allowing it into the curriculum?
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    Re: Does TUSD's ethnic studies program violate Arizona's new law?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheHat View Post
    Well, it sure sounds like it does. Sounds and looks like they are breeding revolutionaries and basically slamming the USA for racism. I mean, getting the brown berets yet not teaching the history behind it and who Che Geuvara was, is enough isn't it?

    Does TUSD's ethnic studies program violate Arizona's new law? - KGUN 9 On Your Side, Tucson News, Weather & Sports



    Sounds all cute and innocent doesn't it? You can read more at the link.
    I don't really see any problem with students studying these issues in COLLEGE without a bunch of editorializing on the part of the professor. I also think that if the course is gonna cover something like the brown beret and mention Guevara, they need to tell the whole story.

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    Re: Does TUSD's ethnic studies program violate Arizona's new law?

    Leave it to conservatives to oppose learning about history when they don't like the contents. I learned about America's horrific shenanigans in the past but it didn't make me want to overthrow the country. It's college. They chose to learn about those subjects.

    You people are starting to scare me. Going to start burning "subversive" books next?
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    Re: Does TUSD's ethnic studies program violate Arizona's new law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Leave it to conservatives to oppose editing history
    There, fixed it for you.

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    Re: Does TUSD's ethnic studies program violate Arizona's new law?

    I know this may sound completely intolerant, but college should be about learning facts, not opinions and definitely not opinions aligned on a racial axis.

    Anyone who says these "textbooks" are 'learning about histoy' is an idiot who has, clearly, never read them. I have and I can tell you there is about one historical fact per page with about 100 political commentaries/opinions. I see no problem in defending the books as an opinion that must be heard. I don't agree, but I understand that argument. Saying that these classes are somehow a history class? These books are history books? Sillyness.

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    Re: Does TUSD's ethnic studies program violate Arizona's new law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Areopagitican View Post
    I know this may sound completely intolerant, but college should be about learning facts, not opinions and definitely not opinions aligned on a racial axis.

    Anyone who says these "textbooks" are 'learning about histoy' is an idiot who has, clearly, never read them. I have and I can tell you there is about one historical fact per page with about 100 political commentaries/opinions. I see no problem in defending the books as an opinion that must be heard. I don't agree, but I understand that argument. Saying that these classes are somehow a history class? These books are history books? Sillyness.
    Actually, the purpose of college is not only to learn, but also to develop critical thinking skills, and not to parrot "facts" that are approved by the government.

    Let me also add that, for a group of people who claim to be Conservative, and wanting the government out of their lives, some of our Arizonans (not all, but many) are not acting Conservative at all, but are actually some of the most "statist" people in the United States, wanting more government control over its citizens, not less. Call it by any name you want, but it is really just plain old Communism, disguised by feigned patriotism, and wrapped in the flag. Founding fathers be damned.
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    Re: Does TUSD's ethnic studies program violate Arizona's new law?

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Call it by any name you want, but it is really just plain old Communism, disguised by feigned patriotism, and wrapped in the flag. Founding fathers be damned.
    Except that communism is an economic system and this decision has little to do with that....

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    Re: Does TUSD's ethnic studies program violate Arizona's new law?

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Actually, the purpose of college is not only to learn, but also to develop critical thinking skills, and not to parrot "facts" that are approved by the government.
    I agree.

    By the time a student completes college, that student should have both the knowledge and intellectual abilities to be capable of dealing with complex or controversial subject matter.

    Life won't shelter graduates from difficult issues or choices. A "nanny state" that could do so is impractical without severely compromising individual freedom.

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    Re: Does TUSD's ethnic studies program violate Arizona's new law?

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Actually, the purpose of college is not only to learn, but also to develop critical thinking skills, and not to parrot "facts" that are approved by the government.
    And you know how you develop critical thinking skills on college? I'm not going to answer that, but I'll give you a hint: it doesn't come from a book containing a selection of race-based opinions masqurading as history.

    I agree that critical thinking needs to be developed, but if you are against parroting facts; how are you for parroting opinions?

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