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.