Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Director/teacher of "suspended" Mexican American Studies program in NYC March 2-3, 2012

[Note: A chronological list of links to AICL's coverage of the shut-down of the Mexican American Studies Department at Tucson Unified School District is here. Information about the national Mexican American Studies Teach-in is here. The best source for daily updates out of Tucson is blogger David Abie Morales at Three Sonorans.]



If you are in or near New York City on Friday, March 2nd or Saturday, March 3rd, head over to Teacher's College at Columbia University and learn about the Mexican American Studies program that was found guilty of violating Arizona Law Statute 15-112 that prohibits courses or classes that:

  1. Promote the overthrow of the United States Government
  2. Promote resentment toward a race or class of people
  3. Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group 
  4. Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treatment of pupils as individuals
Find out what happened directly from Sean Arce, who served as a teacher and then director of the MAS program.

And, from Maria Federico Brummer, who taught in the now-shuttered program.
In preparation for your visit, read Brummer's article 'My Other Me: Why Ethnic Studies are Good for All' at the website of the National Education Association. 


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I saw this on The Daily
Show with John Stewart. He covered the story of Tucson's stupidity on April 2, 2012. There was an interview with one of the school board members who shut down the program without ever attending a class. He based his decisions on hearsay. The board member admits it.