Diane Douglas disappointingly parses ethnic studies

January 13, 2015

The conservative support that brought Diane Douglas to the Nov. 6, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction victory was based on her steadfast opposition to the Common Core curriculum. Her base also counted on Douglas following in the footsteps of an earlier two-term predecessor, Tom Horne, who successfully fought the divisive ethnic studies program in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). A lawyer, he personally argued the case in U.S. District Court in Tucson.

Instead, using slippery language, Douglas has taken a startling new position on the separatist studies. After a meeting with TUSD Superintendent Heliodoro Torres “H.T.” Sanchez, Douglas concluded that “elements” of the district’s program, including a section on hip-hop music, went too far. But she is not actually opposed to ethnic studies. In a statement released following her meeting with Sanchez, 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.”

Douglas’ immediate former predecessor John Huppenthal addressed this issue in a Jan. 2, 2015 press release as he was leaving the superintendent’s post.

“During my tenure as Superintendent, I have been closely monitoring the status of the Tucson Unified School District’s culturally relevant curricula to ensure that all TUSD students, regardless of their race or ethnic background, have access to a high quality education,” Huppenthal wrote. “After a thorough review of materials from TUSD’s culturally relevant courses, I find that the district has failed to meet several provisions of the 2012 Settlement Agreement settlement and is once again in clear violation of A.R.S. §15-112Furthermore, I am deeply concerned by the fact that the noncompliance appears to extend beyond classes taught from the Mexican American perspective and now also includes classes taught from the African-American perspective.”

Huppenthal nailed it.

Tom Horne also got it right when he previously said, “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. 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.”

There is palpable disappointment at Douglas’ apparent willingness to expand and breathe new life into the discredited program. How does the establishment of statewide minority programs that focus on victim status and characterize the United States as an oppressor nation benefit students? Shouldn’t the emphasis be on an inclusive American history rather than one that separates, blames and embraces victimhood in this country of unparalleled opportunity?

As an advertised conservative who appeared to possess quality credentials from her years on the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board, great hope was placed in her election triumph over a dedicated leftist educrat.

After just days in office, her supporters must already be wondering if Diane Douglas has forgotten who ‘brung her to the dance?’

Seeing Red AZ has covered the anti-American, La Raza-endorsed ethnic-studies programs since 2008. Here is a sampling:

March 12, 2013: AZ AG Horne victory: Judge upholds ethnic studies ban

Dec. 28, 2011: TUSD Mexican anti-American studies violates law

May 4, 2011: Tucson Unified School District: Inmates running the asylum

April 22, 2011: Chaos erupts over TUSD’s review of ethnic studies program

Jan. 4, 2011: AZ Republic lambastes TUSD’s ethnic studies duplicity as “bogus”

April 30, 2010: Bill to ban separatist studies sent to Gov. Brewer

Sept. 24, 2009: It’s still too hot to be taken in by TUSD’s snow job

Sept. 22, 2009: Bizarre race-based system of discipline for Tucson Schools

July 29, 2009: The Washington Times discovers AZ’s Superintendent of Public Instruction

June 28, 2009: Anti-Americanism passing as education in Tucson

June 11, 2008: Travesty in Tucson

 

 


Gallup’s 2014 most admired list illustrates public disconnect

January 4, 2015

Ignorance of facts glaringly evident as Americans elevate popular culture, abandon fundamental principles 

In a list rife with celebrities, radical leftists and even several bona fide Marxists, Americans continue to vigorously demonstrate that the education establishment is succeeding in its primary job of dumbing down the populace.

According to this recent Gallup poll, Americans continue to name Hillary Clinton as the woman —- living anywhere in the world —- whom they admire most, and name Barack Obama as the man they admire most. Clinton has held the top women’s spot in each of the last 13 years and 17 of the last 18, with that streak interrupted only by first lady Laura Bush in 2001 after the 9/11 terror attacks. Obama has been most admired man in each of the last seven years, beginning with 2008, the year he was elected president.

Check out the list of the most admired men and women —- if you are able to use your keyboard, hold your nose and scratch your head simultaneously.

Myriad examples of their deceit abound. Here are just two:

THIS is practiced liar Barack Obama, cunningly conning the American public about his “open and transparent” administration:

THIS will refresh your memory regarding the deceptive Hillary Clinton:


NYC officers murdered, Maupin crawls out of Phx rat hole

December 21, 2014

Open season on police as WH and race baiters stoke racial fires

Racial unrest exacerbated by Barack Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder reached another explosive level Saturday when a cowardly killer named Ismaaiyl Abdulah Brinsley, 28, shot and killed two New York City police officers. Brinsley then committed suicide.

Prior to his spineless execution of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, the killer posted on Instagram “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner #RIPMikeBrown This May Be My Final Post.”  The image of a silver handgun accompanied the macabre message.

Officers Liu, married just two months, and Ramos, a married father of a 13-year-old son, were taking part in an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant when they were each shot point-blank in the head as Brinsley approached their patrol car.Brinsley was a fugitive who shot his former girlfriend in Baltimore earlier Saturday, according to this report in the Baltimore Sun.

This video shows NYPD officers turning their backs on Mayor Bill deBlasio, whom they hold culpable, as he walked into the police press conference Saturday evening. The New York Post has the report.

The shooting comes at a time of heightened tensions amid grand jury decisions in the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York. Both men were black and the officers white.

The Obama White House sent a message that escalation of protests are acceptable when it sent three officials to attend Brown’s funeral —- three more than it sent for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, which it snubbed last year. 

At the time, AG Eric Holder personally visited Ferguson and assigned dozens of investigators to conduct a federal civil rights probe. Riots and looting, followed by burning of businesses came in the wake of the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict the police officer. Few will forget Obama’s declaration in another case, “if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon (Martin).  This Bill Whittle video fills in the facts Obama omits.

The double standards,  reported by the Washington Times, became ever more apparent as unarmed white 20-year-old Dillon Taylor was killed by a black police officer in Utah, with no White House representatives at his funeral and no federal probe underway.

To further stoke the fires, Phoenix has it’s own Al Sharpton protégé, a race baiter named Jarrett Maupin, who like his mentor Sharpton, is congregation-less yet still calls himself Reverend —-  though their contemptible actions belie that title.  Saturday afternoon Maupin rallied a few dozen demonstrators into downtown Phoenix to lie down in the street and on the light rail tracks halting traffic while calling for “justice” and protesting “police violence.”

Maupin ought to be calling for bringing fathers back to black families, instilling values and making education a priority. Seventy-three percent out-of-wedlock births insure poverty, gang involvement and accompanying crime.


LD 7 Rep. Albert Hale: Awphusor iz jus a lil bita gin

December 20, 2014

Albert Hale isn’t just a run of the mill resident of Navajo County. He’s currently an Arizona State Representative who previously represented LD 7 constituents in the Arizona Senate. Additionally, Hale, a lawyer, was president of the Navajo Nation from 1995 to 1998.

He’s been an Assistant Attorney General for the Navajo Nation, Special Counsel to the Navajo Nation Council, and was a Judge Pro Temp for the Laguna Tribal Courts, Laguna Pueblo, Laguna, New Mexico. In all, he’s practiced law over 36 years.

It would seem that a person holding a law degree and the lofty titles of judge, lawmaker and president might possess even a passing familiarity with the law. But Democrat Hale not only fails the test, he fails miserably.

When stopped by a DPS officer for speeding, Rep. Hale admitted, after first issuing a denial, he had gin in his coffee. The gin was one of the few things he actually had.

Hale, 64, was missing nearly everything else he needed —- such as proof of insurance, a current tag on his vehicle, and the ability to pass field sobriety tests, which he failed several times, according to the daily. It also reports he was arrested, booked into the Navajo County jail and charged with driving while intoxicated “to the slightest degree” in last month’s incident. That charge has been dismissed by the Navajo County attorney pending the results of crime-lab tests.

The question remains, will Rep. Albert Hale need a driver to transport him the nearly 300 miles from his St. Michaels home abutting the New Mexico border to his Jan. 5 swearing-in ceremony at the State Capitol in Phoenix —- or will he be telecommuting? 

Rep. Albert “Ahbihay” Hale’s mug shot can be viewed here.


Bush 3? Conservatives will take a pass on dynasty

December 17, 2014

To no one’s surprise, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced on Tuesday he would “actively explore” a 2016 run for the White House.

We’ve written about him before. This post, “Another Bush? Thanks, Jeb, but we’ve had enough,” is from March 2013, when he was promoting his soft-on-illegal-immigration book, written to keep him relevant after leaving office.  It’s worth reviewing —- the post, not the book —- the hardcover of which can now be purchased  for less than a buck on Amazon, exactly what it’s worth.

Nothing has changed except Jeb’s lost 15 lbs, attempting to shape up before entering the fray. Just in time to welcome in the New Year, he’s promising to send out 250,000 email releases from his time as governor and gearing up to release an eBook on his governing style to strut his digital hipness.

The eBook and emails could well serve as a calculated distraction from Bush’s financesincluding overseas investments and his work for venture capital firms, which have recently come under scrutiny.

Well aware he holds numerous positions out of step with the conservative base of the Republican party, Bush acknowledges, “I am who I’ve been.” 

Yep. We’ve noticed. 

Who he’s “been” also includes Jeb Bush being a longtime and dedicated supporter of Common Core.

Apr. 23, 2014:  Why Jeb Bush will never be President

Sept. 6, 2013: Jeb Bush opting out of 2016 presidential race?


Psst…“Don’t tell anybody I said that”

December 11, 2014

These ignoramuses with titles teach our kids

Illustrating the topic “How they came to power,” Dr. Blake Armstrong, a psychology professor at South Texas College in Weslaco, Texas was recorded (video under link) as he likened the rise of the tea party to the rise of the Nazi party. The school is a public community college supported by taxpayers.

Armstrong began his lecture saying, “In 1931, which was really interesting, the Nazis —- people were kind of tired of them. They’ve been around since 1920, 11 years now. They’ve won seats —- they’re like the tea party. That’s such a good example,” Armstrong smugly noted. “Don’t tell anybody I said that, though.”

“But in the sense of how they politically came to power, there’s a good analogy there. That eventually people realized, ‘Oh, these Nazis are a bunch of nuts,’ ‘These tea party people are a bunch of nuts.’ I mean, the analogy really is a good analogy,” he concluded.

No, Professor Armstrong.  The analogy really is a vile one, based in leftwing deceit and moral relativism.

The tea party rose up out of citizen frustration. It is not actually a party, but a gathering of Americans united in their desire to return our United States to its constitutionally based roots. Last we heard they did not have forced labor death camps or gas chambers and ovens such as those in which the Nazis systematically murdered millions of those they deemed “undesirables.”

In another video, Armstrong says “civil disobedience just doesn’t work anymore.  All these people are joining ISIL, because they feel like the rest of the world is abandoning them —- which we are.”

Let’s hope so. Armstrong might have missed the numerous reports depicting these fanatics beheading innocent Westerners.

South Texas College needs to reassess its association with Blake Armstrong. He is unworthy of holding a position of trust and the ability to influence captive audiences in his classroom.


GI files lawsuit against ousted AZ Ed Sup’t Huppenthal

December 3, 2014

Teacher opposed to Common Core gets legal assistance

The Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Brad McQueen, a fifth grade teacher in Tucson’s Tanque Verde School District, and an outspoken opponent of Common Core. The civil suit McQueen v. Huppenthal was filed on McQueen’s behalf under the free-speech provisions of the Arizona Constitution and the First Amendment.

The lawsuit names John Huppenthal in his official capacity as Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Bureaucrats at the Arizona Department of Education oppose any criticism of their plans for implementation of the federally mandated Common Core scheme —- deceptively re-christened  Arizona College and Career Ready Standards in an attempt to dupe anxious parents. After he spoke out against the federal program, McQueen was the subject of a deluge of ostracism, intimidation, and a vicious email campaign. He was removed from the Department of Education’s standardized-testing committees.

The lawsuit asks that the state retaliation against him cease and he be reinstated to non-Common Core committees.

McQueen is the author of “The Cult of Common Core: Obama’s Final Solution for Your Child’s Mind and Our Country’s Exceptionalism.”  Read excerpts here by clicking the “look inside” arrow, provided courtesy of Amazon.

The Arizona Daily Independent carries the foul email exchanges in this June 30, 2014 article by Brad McQueen. The article follows the stream of emails between Angela Escobar, Program Project Specialist at the AZ Dept of Education, and other department employees during the workday. Escobar used her office computer to email associates, referring to Brad McQueen as “What a f*cktard!”

With the recent election of conservative Diane Douglas taking over the helm of this rudderless ship, sanity will return to the Arizona Department of Education.  It can’t happen soon enough. 

Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, an early Diane Douglas endorser, has devoted the past two years to exposing the ‘Big Government and Big Business’ forces that have colluded on this boondoggle and have been partners on expanding the federal role in education —- which she calls ‘Rotten to the Core.’ Her numerous articles can be seen here.


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