Monday, May 3, 2010

emptiness prevails


Sea Turtles. Halliburton. (sigh)

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You may not have a thick accent and teach English in Arizona now, thank you. While we're at it, how about no more ethnic studies that meet the following criteria:

"Prohibits a school district or charter school from including in its program of instruction any courses or classes that:

Ø Promote the overthrow of the United States government.

Ø Promote resentment toward a race or class of people.

Ø Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.

Ø Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.
So ethnic solidarity is no good? Gotcha. Also out are courses or classes designed primarily for a particular ethnic group. Oh well, it's not like bilingual education ever helped anybody, right? At least we have some stringently coherent and meticulously defined guidelines to protect ourselves from Mexican terrorism. Arizona Superintendent For Public Instruction Bob Horne instructs us on ethnic chauvinism,

"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," Horne said. "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."

Great phrase, Bob.

1 comment:

lauren said...

re: oil spills
WTF. we never learn anything. ever.

re: ethnic studies/Arizona
WTF. we never learn anything.

and our elected officials are so fucking racist i can't believe they don't come to work wearing "xenophobia is the new black" tshirts. how do rational people make decisions like these? oh, right, there's a word there that can't be used to describe the folks making these decisions. i'll give you a hint; it's the only adjective in that last question.