Tuesday, May 17, 2011

School Curriculum in Tucson—Treasonous – Patriot Update

School Curriculum in Tucson—Treasonous – Patriot Update

One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting…Not only is the thought of such a change in this white-supremacist holiday impossible to imagine, but the very mention of the idea sends most Americans into apoplectic fits—which speaks volumes about our historical hypocrisy and its relation to the contemporary politics of empire in the United States.”

The above statement isn’t from some obscure, nutjob group of people; instead it is from an essay called “No Thanks to Thanksgiving” and is one of the things being taught in a Mexican/American studies class in Tucson, Arizona for grades K-12.

Recently ultra-Right Glenn Beck had a guest on his show who was about as ultra-Left as one gets. She was a liberal Democrat who believes in ‘social justice’ and supports Barack Obama. Yet the two opposites found common ground on one issue: they both believe the curriculum in Arizona is nothing short of treason.

According to a report on Beck’s site, “The district isn’t trying to ban the program outright. Instead, it wants to make a controversial history class — that calls for “death to the invaders” and was found to advocate overthrowing the U.S. government — an elective instead of allowing it to substitute for required history credits. That’s it. And the disturbing class would still be available to students.”

And disturbing it is. From an essay entitled “Death to the Invader!” it says:

Our people in California resisted the U.S. invaders and Serbulos Varela led a revolt at Los Angeles. In Nuevo Mexico, six months after Gov. Armijo sold out to the U.S., the people also rose in revolt. It is said that Father Antonio Jose’ Martinez, a radical priest of Taos who helped the poor against the rich, encouraged them.

Another example of their extreme hate-inducing, race-baiting writing is from “Why We Don’t Know Our Indigenous Culture”:

With the exception of genocide, one of the worst crimes committed by the European invaders against indigenous peoples was the destruction of nearly all their culture, thought beliefs, traditions, and language. This atrocity has left the majority of the hemisphere’s indigenous population in disarray and confusion to their true identity.

The crazy thing—besides the obvious—is the fact that this curriculum is being taught in an American school at all! As seen in the following video, when the Tucson school board tried to make it an ‘electives only’ class, the result was a wild protest in which students chained themselves to tables and chairs, yelling violently “Fight Back!”

One of their proposed courses is entitled, “Social Justice, Resistance, and Latino Literature.” A few of the Non-fiction works studied in the “Resistance Through Rhetoric” classes are:

  • Jesse Jackson’s speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention
  • Barack Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention
  • Speech at the Afro-Asian Conference by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
  • “Political Prisoners, Prisons and Black Liberation” by Angela Davis
  • “Message to the Grass Roots” by Malcolm X

In teaching their Mexican/American “history”, some of the classes will focus on works by noted scholars such as Cesar Chavez and Luis Valdez. And I guess just to throw in a little “diversity”, there’s even a chapter on “Civil Disobedience” by gringo Henry David Thoreau…

So how does this type of thing even happen in an American school?

“From what I know at this time, it sounds like Professor Roberto Rodriguez, professor of Mexican-American Studies at the University of Arizona, is hoping to export Tucson’s version of Mexican-American Studies to the rest of the country”, writes journalist Mike Shaw.

Oh right—a college university. Working with Rodriguez is Dr. Rodolfo F. Acuña, who teaches Chicano Studies at California State University at Northridge.

And who are these ultra-liberal/radical professors? They were both recently interviewed in an article called “Standing up for Ethnic Studies” on the Freedom Socialist Party website.

Mass action is important, but we have to build a movement,” Acuna said. “I urge people to join organizations that educate on Marxism and dialectical critical thinking. We can’t be complacent — we must see the class interest.

Acuna continued, “We are defying stereotypes because we want to control our society. The fight in Arizona is one of having a stake in our government and democracy. Students want a say in their education.”

My question is how in the world could curriculum that is this vicious and vile slide past any school board without teachers and/or parents taking action against it? According to a report by Doug Maceachern atAZCentral, “there is no record that the governing board has ever examined any ethnic-studies materials. Ever.”

So basically, no one read the curriculum at all.

Maceachern wrote, “Board records going back to 2002 indicate the members never have inspected materials, examined course outlines or taken any action that might expose them to what actually gets taught in ethnic-studies classrooms. Indeed, if the board’s own records tell us anything, it is that I may have seen more of what is used in ethnic-studies classrooms than the governing-board members.”

Remember folks—the Raza studies Mexican/American class taught from Kindergarten thru High School. And the message they want to indoctrinate into our children (not only in Arizona but throughout the United States) is that basically everything about America is bad; that America is not only imperialistic but that they literally stole almost everything they own from Mexico.

So where do we go from here? One thing every parent in America should do—if you haven’t already—is to find out everything you can about the curriculum in your children’s school. Get involved like you’ve never been involved before. Read their books—find out who their teachers are. Do they have ulterior motives? Or as in the case of Tucson, Arizona, are there actual Socialists creating the curriculum?

The best way for radicals to change the world to suit their needs is through the children, and these days they’re not even trying to hide their motives.

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