I don’t get the passion.
Recently, students in Tuscon, Arizona, protested at a school board meeting. The board members were considering the elimination of a Mexican-American history class that was offered as an alternative to U.S. history. The students took over the meeting and prevented the vote from happening.
Some board members opposed the continuation of this history class because they believed it promoted resentment between races or classes of people. Or were these people misguided conservatives that refused to celebrate diversity?
I don’t have a problem with a basic educational curriculum. Cut the frills, teach basics, don’t underestimate the abilities of students. Most of all, provide students with the ability to learn outside the classroom.
Learning should not only take place between the months of September and June, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. What is stopping these kids from learning Mexican-American history, or any other subject, on their own?
Protest by expanding knowledge:
- Create a community reading program. Select a book, advertise a community reading challenge, and form reading groups at various locations around the city: libraries, schools, homes, etc.
- Challenge both friends and enemies to read about controversial historical interpretations. Share different viewpoints and perhaps discover common ground or a healthy disagreement.
- Start an after school club devoted to any subject you wish to study in greater depth.
- Temper that mainstream history class with self education.