Banning Ethnic Studies In The Classroom? It’s About Time.

Nothing could: :  be a bigger waste of time than “ethnic studies” classes — well, other than maybe basketweaving and women’s studies classes. In fact, those classes can be very harmful because they promote grievance mongering, victimhood, radicalism, and racial separatism. So, kudos to Jan Brewer in Arizona for putting her foot down,

Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a law banning the state’s schools from teaching ethnic studies classes.

Brewer signed the bill Tuesday that targets Chicano studies programs currently being taught in Tucson schools.

Proponents of the bill argue that the classes are designed only for students of a particular race and promote ethnic solidarity over community integration.

“Public school pupils should be taught to treat and value each other as individuals and not be taught to resent or hate other races or classes of people,” the text of the bill reads.

The law prohibits the teaching of any classes that promote “the overthrow of the United States government,” “resentment toward a race or class of people,” “are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

Neither the governor nor the bill’s supporters have identified examples where a Chicano studies class has advocated the “overthrow” of the federal government, and the bill’s opponents in the state have expressed outrage over what they see as a law that unfairly targets Hispanics.

That last bit is meant to suggest that it’s crazy to suggest that sort of radicalism could be pushed in schools. Except that it already has been by groups like MEChA:

Founded in the late 1960s, MEChA has spent the last three decades indoctrinating Latino students on American campuses in the ideology of reconquista (reconquest). According to MEChA propaganda, the Southwestern United States – including California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, as well as parts of Nevada, Utah, and Colorado – sits on the territory of the ancient (and mythical) “Nation of Aztlan.” Supposedly the cradle of Aztec civilization, MEChA charges that Aztlan was unjustly seized by the United States following the Mexican-American War. Now MEChA wants this territory given back to its alleged rightful owners: the people and government of Mexico.

As a matter of fact, the American Southwest was not, as MEChA claims, “stolen” from Mexico. Following the Mexican-American War, the government of Mexico legally ceded this territory to the United States (by the Treaty of Guadalupe de Hidalgo, 1848). Nor has there ever been any place called “Aztlan” on American soil, much less a “Nation of Aztlan.” Invented 30 years ago by radical Latino activists, the Nation of Atzlan has more in common with Atlantis than with Israel.

But MEChA is not a group to let facts get in the way. There are today more than 300 MEChA unions in existence, with more than 100 in California alone. While the group is concentrated in the Southwest and along the West Coast, it can also be found farther East: It’s got chapters at MIT, Yale, Cornell, George Washington University, and Brown, among other East Coast universities. On the West Coast, where MEChA is to be found in nearly every institution of higher education, the movement is spreading so quickly that it has set its sights on the public school system, establishing high school chapters and encouraging its young supporters to participate in its numerous (and sometimes violent) protests and marches.

I’m a big supporter of conservatives getting our schools back under control. Schools shouldn’t be hostile to Christianity or conservatism, we shouldn’t have terrorists and radicals teaching kids, and ethnic studies classes should be folded into classes that teach kids that no matter what your race is, you’re an American first. So, here’s to you,:  : Jan Brewer! That’s twice now that you’ve bravely stepped into the breach. Keep it up!

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