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 [...]