Arizona Legislature Passes Bill Banning Ethnic Studies Programs

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Arizona Legislature Passes Bill Banning Ethnic Studies Programs



After making national headlines for a new law on illegal immigrants, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would ban ethnic studies programs in the state that critics say currently advocate separatism and racial preferences.



The bill, which passed 32-26 in the state House, had been approved by the Senate a day earlier. It now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer for her signature.



The new bill would make it illegal for a school district to teach any courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or "advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."



The bill stipulates that courses can continue to be taught for Native American pupils in compliance with federal law and does not prohibit English as a second language classes. It also does not prohibit the teaching of the Holocaust or other cases of genocide.



Schools that fail to abide by the law would have state funds withheld.



State Superintendent for Public Instruction Tom Horne called passage in the state House a victory for the principle that education should unite, not divide students of differing backgrounds.



"Traditionally, the American public school system has brought together students from different backgrounds and taught them to be Americans and to treat each other as individuals, and not on the basis of their ethnic backgrounds," Horne said. "This is consistent with the fundamental American value that we are all individuals, not exemplars of whatever ethnic groups we were born into. Ethnic studies programs teach the opposite, and are designed to promote ethnic chauvinism."



Horne began fighting in 2007 against the Tucson Unified School District's program, which he said defied Martin Luther King's call to judge a person by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Horne claimed the ethnic studies program encourages "ethnic chauvanism," promotes Latinos to rise up and create a new territory out of the southwestern region of the United States and tries to intimidate conservative teachers in the school system.



But opponents said the bill would prevent teachers from using an academically proven method of educating students about history. They also argued that the Legislature should not be involved in developing school curriculum.



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Awww, man... that class I took in high school about how Hispanics should overthrow the government and setup their own nation was one of my favorite subjects.
 

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[quote name='boontito' date='30 April 2010 - 06:44 AM' timestamp='1272635057' post='145909']

Awww, man... that class I took in high school about how Hispanics should overthrow the government and setup their own nation was one of my favorite subjects.

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lmao



You know, it really depends on how this is rolled out. I imagine it won't be done well. But if I am being honest, I'd probably enjoy living in a raceless world. In my parent's family by marriage and adoption every race is represented. When I look at them all, I never think to myself... oh, that's my black brother. That's my asian sister in law. I just have brothers and sisters.



On one hand, culture can be amazing and beautiful... but it also can segregate people. How do we keep culture, but also integrate people at the same time?
 
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[quote name='boontito' date='30 April 2010 - 07:44 AM' timestamp='1272635057' post='145909']

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Arizona Legislature Passes Bill Banning Ethnic Studies Programs



After making national headlines for a new law on illegal immigrants, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would ban ethnic studies programs in the state that critics say currently advocate separatism and racial preferences.



The bill, which passed 32-26 in the state House, had been approved by the Senate a day earlier. It now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer for her signature.



The new bill would make it illegal for a school district to teach any courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or "advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."



The bill stipulates that courses can continue to be taught for Native American pupils in compliance with federal law and does not prohibit English as a second language classes. It also does not prohibit the teaching of the Holocaust or other cases of genocide.



Schools that fail to abide by the law would have state funds withheld.



State Superintendent for Public Instruction Tom Horne called passage in the state House a victory for the principle that education should unite, not divide students of differing backgrounds.



"Traditionally, the American public school system has brought together students from different backgrounds and taught them to be Americans and to treat each other as individuals, and not on the basis of their ethnic backgrounds," Horne said. "This is consistent with the fundamental American value that we are all individuals, not exemplars of whatever ethnic groups we were born into. Ethnic studies programs teach the opposite, and are designed to promote ethnic chauvinism."



Horne began fighting in 2007 against the Tucson Unified School District's program, which he said defied Martin Luther King's call to judge a person by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Horne claimed the ethnic studies program encourages "ethnic chauvanism," promotes Latinos to rise up and create a new territory out of the southwestern region of the United States and tries to intimidate conservative teachers in the school system.



But opponents said the bill would prevent teachers from using an academically proven method of educating students about history. They also argued that the Legislature should not be involved in developing school curriculum.



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Awww, man... that class I took in high school about how Hispanics should overthrow the government and setup their own nation was one of my favorite subjects.

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First off, if ethnics studies are an integral part of an "academically proven method" of teaching history, then the basic premise of that method is flawed. A proven method should stand on its own merits, and not be tied to a particular type of elective course.



Secondly, I would much rather have the Legislature involved in "developing school curriculum" then I would the unions. At least members of the Legislation can be held accountable, somewhat, by the voters.
 
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[quote name='boontito' date='30 April 2010 - 08:44 AM' timestamp='1272635057' post='145909']The new bill would make it illegal for a school district to teach any courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or "advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals." [/quote]



OMGZ TEH HORRARZ!!!! THOZE BASTID RAXIZTS!!!!!!!!!





 

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[quote name='SideTraKd' date='01 May 2010 - 09:49 PM' timestamp='1272775798' post='146449']

OMGZ TEH HORRARZ!!!! THOZE BASTID RAXIZTS!!!!!!!!!







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Why would you call them racists? That's a pretty huge leap.
 

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[quote name='Zaragrunudgeyon' date='01 May 2010 - 10:11 PM' timestamp='1272777070' post='146456']

I hate how the illegals always yell "RACISM" I HATE THAT!


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Stop hanging out with them and you won't hear it anymore.
 
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[quote name='boontito' date='01 May 2010 - 11:12 PM' timestamp='1272777124' post='146457']

Stop hanging out with them and you won't hear it anymore.

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They don't even know what it means, Skippy.
 

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[quote name='Zaragrunudgeyon' date='01 May 2010 - 10:14 PM' timestamp='1272777296' post='146460']

They don't even know what it means, Skippy.

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Sure they do, Jif.
 
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[quote name='boontito' date='01 May 2010 - 11:16 PM' timestamp='1272777368' post='146461']

Sure they do, Jif.

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BULLSHIT THEY DO. THEY DO IT TO GET ATTENTION, SO THEY CAN PLAY THE VICTIM. FUCK THAT.