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    Nora Espinoza, NM Legis: Keep Mexican-American Studies Books Out Of Schools

    NM state Rep. Antonio Maestas (D-Albuquerque) proposed a memorial on Monday praising diversity in the state’s curricula and slammed Tucson’s decision to ban seven ethnic studies books from classroom use. Republican state Rep. Nora Espinoza (Roswell), a conservative legislator who is herself Hispanic, went off on a rant against the Latino intellectuals whose books were banished, saying they don't belong in New Mexico schools. Espinoza read out loud before the state House Education Committee one of Corky Gonzalez’s poems that contained the sentence “my culture was raped,” and implied the metaphor was not appropriate for young minds. "These are are extremely racist and hate books,” Espinoza said. She did not return phone calls or an email asking for comment.

    The memorial -- New Mexico’s version of a resolution -- calls for the state’s school curricula to reflect “a spirit of acceptance and a celebration of different cultures and beliefs,” and encourages the support for the seven books and any others “that encourage New Mexicans to understand their cultural history while empowering a generation of youth who are proud of their heritage.”


    Nora Espinoza, New Mexico Legislator: Keep Mexican-American Studies Books Out Of Schools


    This is weird and sad that someone doesn't think their heritage should be celebrated.

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    Re: Nora Espinoza, NM Legis: Keep Mexican-American Studies Books Out Of Schools

    I'm sorry but we should not be teaching Mexican-American studies in an American classroom. First of all there is no such thing as a Mexican-American. You are either Mexican OR you are American. You can be an American with Mexican heritage/ancestory but you cannot be a Mexican-American or an American-Mexican. All of these Hyphenated-American names simply go to show a divided loyalty, which is something we should not allow here in the United States. I have roots in at least a half dozen European countries but I don't consider myself a German/Irish/Scottish/Norwegian/etc-American. I'm simply an AMERICAN. Nothing more.

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    Re: Nora Espinoza, NM Legis: Keep Mexican-American Studies Books Out Of Schools

    What is taught in schools is a state's issue. We are talking about New Mexico here. HELLO

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    Re: Nora Espinoza, NM Legis: Keep Mexican-American Studies Books Out Of Schools

    Quote Originally Posted by 66gardeners View Post
    What is taught in schools is a state's issue. We are talking about New Mexico here. HELLO
    New Mexico is part of the UNITED STATES. The fact that at one time the area belonged to Mexico is immaterial. Should Massachusetts teach British History? Should Louisiana teach French History? New York teach Dutch History? Nobody living in New Mexico currently was born while New Mexico was still Spanish/Mexican territory. GET OVER IT.

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    Re: Nora Espinoza, NM Legis: Keep Mexican-American Studies Books Out Of Schools

    Quote Originally Posted by 66gardeners View Post
    This is weird and sad that someone doesn't think their heritage should be celebrated.
    How did you arrive at that conclusion? I suppose the misleading article title doesn't help. Espinoza's argument is that these 7 particular books don't meet the goals of the state curriculum in reflecting "a spirit of acceptance and a celebration of different cultures and beliefs." Given that one of them is a thesis on critical race theory, I'd say she's right on at least 1 of 7.

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    Re: Nora Espinoza, NM Legis: Keep Mexican-American Studies Books Out Of Schools

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    How did you arrive at that conclusion? I suppose the misleading article title doesn't help. Espinoza's argument is that these 7 particular books don't meet the goals of the state curriculum in reflecting "a spirit of acceptance and a celebration of different cultures and beliefs." Given that one of them is a thesis on critical race theory, I'd say she's right on at least 1 of 7.
    I am required to quote the title verbatim.

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    Re: Nora Espinoza, NM Legis: Keep Mexican-American Studies Books Out Of Schools

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    I'm sorry but we should not be teaching Mexican-American studies in an American classroom. First of all there is no such thing as a Mexican-American. You are either Mexican OR you are American. You can be an American with Mexican heritage/ancestory but you cannot be a Mexican-American or an American-Mexican. All of these Hyphenated-American names simply go to show a divided loyalty, which is something we should not allow here in the United States. I have roots in at least a half dozen European countries but I don't consider myself a German/Irish/Scottish/Norwegian/etc-American. I'm simply an AMERICAN. Nothing more.
    We should teach important parts of history, regardless of who did them.

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    Re: Nora Espinoza, NM Legis: Keep Mexican-American Studies Books Out Of Schools

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseone View Post
    We should teach important parts of history, regardless of who did them.
    Yes, we should be teaching the History. That's not the same thing as what they appear to be wanting to teach in New Mexico. You can teach the history of that area without attempting to create a counter-culture effect while doing it. How about just teaching the facts and leaving it at that? If these kids want to explore the socio-political angles of it they can do it on their own time.

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    Re: Nora Espinoza, NM Legis: Keep Mexican-American Studies Books Out Of Schools

    Quote Originally Posted by 66gardeners View Post
    NM state Rep. Antonio Maestas (D-Albuquerque) proposed a memorial on Monday praising diversity in the state’s curricula and slammed Tucson’s decision to ban seven ethnic studies books from classroom use. Republican state Rep. Nora Espinoza (Roswell), a conservative legislator who is herself Hispanic, went off on a rant against the Latino intellectuals whose books were banished, saying they don't belong in New Mexico schools. Espinoza read out loud before the state House Education Committee one of Corky Gonzalez’s poems that contained the sentence “my culture was raped,” and implied the metaphor was not appropriate for young minds. "These are are extremely racist and hate books,” Espinoza said. She did not return phone calls or an email asking for comment.

    The memorial -- New Mexico’s version of a resolution -- calls for the state’s school curricula to reflect “a spirit of acceptance and a celebration of different cultures and beliefs,” and encourages the support for the seven books and any others “that encourage New Mexicans to understand their cultural history while empowering a generation of youth who are proud of their heritage.”


    Nora Espinoza, New Mexico Legislator: Keep Mexican-American Studies Books Out Of Schools


    This is weird and sad that someone doesn't think their heritage should be celebrated.
    It is always great to watch the reps go all loco on freedoms when they want others to respect theirs.

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    Re: Nora Espinoza, NM Legis: Keep Mexican-American Studies Books Out Of Schools

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    New Mexico is part of the UNITED STATES. The fact that at one time the area belonged to Mexico is immaterial. Should Massachusetts teach British History? Should Louisiana teach French History? New York teach Dutch History?
    As an answer to those three questions, i am pretty sure they still do, or at least i know they did 20+years ago. they did not teach them well, but they did teach them. They also did get into mexican history. Yes, there is a purpose to some of that. When we engaged in the iraq war because a certain dimwitted fool of a president thought the muslims in Iraq were the same as the muslims working with OBL and all other muslims i knew that was full of ****. This is because i actually knew the history of Islam and the middle east. It is sad when high school and some state college is far better at world history than ivy league schools the president attended, but that is life. perhaps if people were aware of how the middle east worked they might not have supported the completely BS war in Iraq.

    Also, despite your love of america, we are not alone. knowing other cultures and languages helps students to understand their world better and make better decisions. Not everyone wants to embrace ignorance and live in a bubble without anything but assumptions and ignorance. School is a place for learning, not a place to avoid it. So yes those things should be taught, despite the reality some people wish to avoid it. you are free to go to a private school where you will be surrounded by falsehoods and protected from knowledge, and that is good enough for me. Public school should not be made to encompass an agenda of ignorance and idiocy.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    Nobody living in New Mexico currently was born while New Mexico was still Spanish/Mexican territory. GET OVER IT.
    yeah, why would you want to know the history and reality of one of the country's closest neighbors. That would never come in handy for anyone who just wants to sit in their room and ignore the existence of the rest of the world.

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