Education or divisive, anti-American indoctrination in TUSD?

Tucson Unified School District and AZ SPI Diane Douglas form odd alliance

The Arizona Daily Independent recently ran this cogent report, “Douglas finds TUSD Ethnic Studies class in compliance.” Posted midweek, it began with this well-turned phrase, acknowledging waning support and unusual alliances:

“Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas found Tucson Unified School District’s Ethnics Studies Culturally Relevant classes to be in compliance of Arizona law. The Superintendent, who is trying to avoid a recall, hastily called a press conference to announce her decision.”

Diane Douglas ran for state Superintendent of Public Instruction and was elected as a grassroots conservative candidate based on her unwavering opposition to the federal mandates under- girding the Common Core curriculum and support for local control of public schools. Now those issues have fallen by the wayside as she works hand-in-glove with TUSD Superintendent Heliodoro Torres “H.T.” Sanchez to implement the anti-American,  La Razaendorsed ethnic-studies programs.

The ADI report concludes:  

“After several missteps, it is widely believed that Superintendent Douglas is making strictly politically motivated decisions to avoid a possible recall effort.”

In January, after barely two weeks in office, Douglas disappointingly exhibited a startling new position on the separatist studies. In a statement released following her initial meeting with Sanchez she indicated she is not, in fact, opposed to ethnic studies. Douglas hit a low note with this conclusion, “It is important to correct the misunderstanding that the Arizona Department of Education is opposed to ethnic studies. If any child educated in Arizona is not exposed to the suffering, trials and triumphs of all ethnic groups who have contributed to our state’s rich cultural mix, then we are failing to teach accurate history.”

Seeing Red AZ has been following the TUSD’s ethnic studies program since 2008. A sampling of the reports can be found following this post, “Diane Douglas disappointingly parses ethnic studies.”

In January 2011 even the leftist AZ Republic editorially lambasted the TUSD’s ethnic studies duplicity as “bogus.”  The editorial rightfully referred to the data used to buttress the claims “repeated constantly by [the program’s] defenders that students perform better academically as a result of taking ethnic studies classes and that they go on to college more often” –— “academically unsupportable.” Further the newspaper states that officials who make such claims “are acting irresponsibly in doing so.” The editorial goes so far as to say the results “appear rigged.”

In the intervening years, the only thing that has changed is we now have an irresolute superintendent fearful of being ousted and eager to make any concessions to avoid that embarrassment.

14 Responses to Education or divisive, anti-American indoctrination in TUSD?

  1. East Valley Conservative says:

    From the post: “In the intervening years, the only thing that has changed is we now have an irresolute superintendent fearful of being ousted and eager to make any concessions to avoid that embarrassment.”

    SRAZ should have added that both of Douglas’ Republican predecessors worked to expose the vile, pro-Mexican/anti-American TUSD program and stop its implementation. It’s no surprise that LaRaza supports the Aztlan based program. LaRaza’s motto is: “For The Race everything. Outside The Race, nothing.”

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  3. Anerican Dad says:

    Since I regarded Diane Douglas as the only conservative to win during the AZ Republican sweep last November, the news of her capitulation is even more disturbing. Thinking that falling in line with liberals and their policies will help her expand her base and stay in office is shortsighted. The students are getting shortchanged, besides being indoctrinated with anti-American propaganda.

    When has she last addressed Common Core? Her entire campaign was based on opposition to that insidious program and now the words are never uttered as she’s holed up and avoids making public statements.

  4. Army Of One says:

    For America to remain competitive, we need to give our students an actual education focusing on math, science, being able to express themselves in English, and learning history and what is contained in our founding documents that ensure our freedom so they continue to value and protect liberty.

    This divisive TUSD program separates rather than bonds us. For Diane Douglas to support it turns my stomach.

  5. Pima Pal says:

    Former Georgia Congressman Charlie Norwood, a practicing dentist who died back in 2007, was a staunch conservative who exposed LaRaza years ago:
    The La Raza and MEChA movement teach that Colorado, California, Arizona, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon and parts of Washington State make up an area known as “Aztlan” — a fictional ancestral homeland of the Aztecs before Europeans arrived in North America. As such, it belongs to the followers of MEChA. These are all areas America should surrender to “La Raza” once enough immigrants, legal or illegal, enter to claim a majority, as in Los Angeles. The current borders of the United States will simply be extinguished.
    This plan is what is referred to as the “Reconquista” or reconquest, of the Western U.S. and it is part and parcel of the MAS (Mexican American Studies) scheme invading TUSD. What the hell is Douglas thinking??

  6. ZOO says:

    Now that the Republican Party has officially granted amnesty to 30 million transients primarily from Mexico, it would seem cruel and racist to deny their children revolutionary education right in the middle of a revolution they have won.

    Considering that elementary schools in inner city Phoenix are predominately of the Hispanic demographic, Douglas and the state legislature should be working toward repealing the ‘ethnic studies’ statute and looking to expand the TUSD program throughout Arizona.

    It is important for Hispanic students to learn that the advances of “their people” have been achieved solely on the wanton greed of the Caucasian race and that is the key to fully taking back the entire territory stolen from them many years ago. Likewise and most apropos, the renaming of many schools after Mexican revolutionaries within the inner city would provide a more welcoming atmosphere…..”Pancho Villa Prep” and “Zapata Academy” come to mind.

    It’s time for all Americans to be more congenial about this metamorphosis and acknowledge that their culture is on the fast track to extinction. The first step to psychological well-being is to admit that sea change is inevitable and irreversible. Solace is achievable in moments of reminiscence – it was a great ride.

    It should also be mindful that museums (gated villages, mountain tops, and “exclusive” communities) will maintain the ‘America of old’ for those desirous of a trip down memory lane. Buy your grandchildren an ‘all day pass.’

    • American Patriot says:

      You see this amnesty scam and all of its tentacles for what they are.
      THIS radical agenda is what is being incited by these separatist studies. Douglas is worried about staying in office and is cozying up to the wrong people. It’s a good bet TUSD Superintendent Heliodoro Torres “H.T.” Sanchez voted for her Democrat opponent David Garcia and would support any other Democrat over her if the recall is successful. Not only is Diane Douglas being played for a fool, but she is taking the rest of us along on this pathetic ride.
      I voted for her once. Won’t do it again. She’s a dunce.

  7. SmallGovt says:

    I am not opposed to Arizona students learning good Spanish along with proper English. I am entirely opposed to shorter school days and school years.

    Diane was fawned over here but never answered questions. Cabinet officers should serve at behest of Governor and not try and build their own agenda.

    • Braveheart says:

      You appear confused. Exactly who is the “cabinet officer” you’re referring to? Obviously not Diane Douglas. She was duly elected by a majority of the voters to the office she holds. There are no cabinet members on the state level. On the federal level they are appointed by the president.

      • SmallGovt says:

        Evidently, but the position should be a Cabinet position, as should the AG to prevent the total diffusion of purpose that happens now.

    • Braveheart says:

      So you’re onboard with ceding over your right to vote to the governor? It obviously doesn’t matter to you who usurps your vote. It does to me. I want to cast my own ballot. Brave men and women have fought and died to give us that right that means so little to you. Stop voting if you like, but leave my ability to do so alone.

  8. azgary says:

    how much abuse are you staunch republicans going to continue to take from the party before you realize its as much a part of the problem as the democrats, they are two sides of the same coin.

  9. Maggie says:

    Common Core. What about Common Core, Ms. Douglas?
    Your focus on the “suffering, trials and triumphs of all ethnic groups” expands the victimhood society. Actual immigrants who come here legally have every ability to prosper in America. This is the ‘Land of Opportunity,’ not the ‘Land of Oppression.’ Those were the countries they left. We have quite enough divisiveness, let’s give our kids a hefty dose of patriotism and teach them about unity. You are failing those of us who voted for you in the hope you would dissemble Common Core as you campaigned you would do. What about Common Core? Was that just a tactic you used? Our kids have been taken out of public schools.

  10. I do believe it’s past time now for any of those who supported the New Supt. to request a sit down meeting with at least a couple of doz. of us and ask her directly just where does she plan to stand on the key issues we supported. I for one am not surprised at the non confrontational stands she takes, as this was apparent during the campaign, however had hoped when in office she’d begin to manage the dept. and not be managed by it. I hope others will join in a call to have a sit down meeting with her, then we’ll be able to move forward with or without her strong support on the issues that won the election for her.
    God Bless You All; Vam