The wildfires raging in Arizona aren’t the only catastrophe the state is facing. When Americans are drawn together to simply do the right thing, we accomplish the extraordinary for the good of the nation’s survival. Nothing could demonstrate this better than the hard work of many over the last four years to expose the disturbing curriculum and activities surrounding Ethnic Studies in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD).
For those unfamiliar with the subject, Ethnic Studies is offered as a course throughout many schools in the country. It encourages students to identify as a hyphenated-American (Mexican-American, African-American, Asian-American, etc.) instead of simply being an American. Though not all Ethnic Studies programs entertain anti-U.S. sentiment and overthrow, the potential for such activity to spread indeed exists. For more information, please read: In the Eye of A Storm: The Occupied Classroom
While Arizonans await the findings from Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal regarding the controversial program (determining whether the course violates state law), there are many heroes in this fight who put themselves at professional and personal risk in order to stop the enslavement of young minds in TUSD. Bear in mind the course is not exclusive to Tucson, but the TUSD curriculum is unique as it offers a militant model.
You may be surprised to learn that several people who identify as liberal democrats, advocates of social justice and former community organizers serve as the staunchest opposition to Ethnic Studies. Glenn Beck introduced one such Tucsonan who founded www.TU4SD.com exposing the curriculum. Together with some involved in tea parties, Smart Girl Politics, Winning With Women, and genuinely concerned citizens of all stripes, a strong unit has been formed in getting the word out both locally and nationally.
Many have warned about the potential for Ethnic Studies to go further with youth activism embracing larger scale chaos within the state and nation. Here is the proof: (note who is providing space for this event) Tucson Social Justice Groups Plan Nationwide Protest
Legislation may ban the course, but it is going to take patient, dedicated people to help the students. Principles indeed override politics and there is a realization that what is taking place is dangerous – both for the students, our city and yes, the country.
It took a village to uproot the lives of many children in Tucson; it will take ‘we the people’ to love the hate out of them.
Additional info: Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies Problem
H/T to Mike Shaw TV for video posts
Below are scenes from the May 3, 2011 riots at the TUSD building: