Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I think the heat is getting to the Arizona Legislature

Have you guys heard that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill yesterday that limits what kind of ethnic studies courses schools can offer yesterday?

Apparently (from Arizona Daily Star):
It makes it illegal for public schools to have any courses or classes that promote the overthrow of the United States government or promote resentment toward a race or class of people. It also bars any programs "designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group."
What? For one, why the hell was that "overthrow of the United States" included? I know the idea that people of color may not be enthusiastically lining up to kiss the feet of old rich white men for all that they've done is unfathomable to some people, but to imply that there is some sort of treasonous behavior going on in these classes is ridiculous.

Secondly, this article claims that these "classes that teach about the history of a particular ethnic group" can still be offered as long as they are offered to everyone instead of just a particular ethnic group (and as long as there are no "how to overthrow the government 101" lessons of course). But weren't these classes always offered to anyone who wanted to take them? This law just seems like another paper thin attempt to appease ultra-conservative voters without having any actual purpose besides being bat shit crazy.

What I found most troubling in the Arizona Daily Star article though was the statement, "It also prohibits schools from having any disciplinary rules based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex or national origin, with schools facing the same 10 percent loss of state aid for violations." The article didn't explain exactly what these rules entail, but it just doesn't sit right with me.

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