To better understand the controversies of today, Need to Know looked back on a few of the taboo topics of the past to explore their trajectory into the modern public education curriculum and their current state in the battleground of Duarte’s “culture wars.”
Via the Tucson Sentinel: An independent audit of Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies Department doesn’t support the declaration by state schools chief John Huppenthal that TUSD’s ethnic studies classes violate the law. TUSD ethnic studies audit View Need to Know’s report “Banned in Arizona.”
Need to Know travels to Tucson, Arizona, to report on a long-running dispute over a Mexican-American studies program. Supporters say the program has helped at-risk students improve their test scores and graduate high school, while opponents contend it encourages anti-American sentiment and subversive thinking.
The Tucson law states: THE LEGISLATURE FINDS AND DECLARES THAT 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… A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR CHARTER SCHOOL IN THIS STATE SHALL NOT INCLUDE IN ITS PROGRAM OF INSTRUCTION [...]
In a bifurcated, dichotomized, red-blue America, is it possible to be a fan of both Tim Tebow and Bill Maher? Need to Know’s Tom Casciato makes the case for how both men are more alike than some might think.
The war against the arts and humanities is nothing new – though this is the first time that the fight has migrated so directly to Britain.
The celebrated choreographer rediscovers the humanity in Abraham Lincoln, the subject of “Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray,” which makes its New York premiere this week at Lincoln Center.