The Washington Times discovers AZ’s Superintendent of Public Instruction

AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne has received some well deserved national coverage for his efforts to end the controversial La Raza ethnic studies program in the Tucson Unified School District.

Horne found the program was using textbooks such as “Oppressed America,” which quotes a Hispanic activist saying that Chicanos should “kill the gringo.” Another textbook, “The Mexican American Heritage,” he said, promotes the idea of Aztlan, the five Southwestern states that activists say should be returned to Mexican control.

An English teacher, Hector Ayala, reported that a Raza studies teacher at Cholla High School had accused him of being “the white man’s agent” and that students had said they were being taught “not to fall for the white man’s traps.” “The problem with these [ethnic] studies is they have a tendency to be very separatist,” Mr. Ayala said. “They tell kids their failures and shortcomings are not their own, that white men are putting obstacles in their way.”

In 2006, Deputy Superintendent Margaret Garcia Dugan came to speak to students at Tucson High Magnet School in response to a previous speaker, United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, who told students that “Republicans hate Latinos.”

Dugan, whose father was an immigrant mine worker, told the students, “I’m Latina, and I’m Republican, and I don’t hate myself.” A small group of students stood up, raised their fists and walked out.

The complete article in the Washington Times can be read here.

Last month, Horne and former Arizona House Speaker Rep. Jim Weiers (R-Dist.10) basked in the glow of a major victory in the form of a U.S. Supreme Court decision addressing the Flores v. Arizona English Language Learner (ELL) case.

2 Responses to The Washington Times discovers AZ’s Superintendent of Public Instruction

  1. Jonathan says:

    Horne has done a bang-up job as AZ School Superintendent. Too bad he’s term limited. Which raises the question: Don’t we already have term limits at the end of our fingers when we vote? Why the need for these artificial restrictions? If someone is doing a fine job, we have no way of retaining them. If they’re lousy, give them the boot at the ballot.

  2. sherriaz says:

    I’m happy that Tom Horne is working on this, but really- why did it take so long? The kids have been drinking the Kool Aid down there for quite some time.

    Tucson is home to the Desert Sonoran Museum that flew the Mexican flag (it may still be, I refuse to go there ever again), the Civic Center has murals which are more Latino in nature than American, Spanish is spoken EVERYWHERE, and most of the city looks like a barrio. Meanwhile, the teachers are indoctrinating the youth to fight back agains Whitey and take back their rightful territory -conveniently forgetting we kicked Mexico’s butt and then paid them for the land instead of simply taking it as spoils of war.

    Arizonans ought to thank the memories of the men who won this territory from Mexico and allowed it to become part of the United States. Look what the alternative has turned into…