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Friday, April 30, 2010

Keep Digging, Arizona

Posted by Anthony Hecht on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Wow.

After making national headlines for a new law on illegal immigrants, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would ban ethnic studies programs in the state that critics say currently advocate separatism and racial preferences.

The bill, which passed 32-26 in the state House, had been approved by the Senate a day earlier. It now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer for her signature.

The new bill would make it illegal for a school district to teach any courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or "advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."

Naturally, they put the insane part at the end, after stuff like banning the teaching of armed rebellion and outright racism. I'm sure a lot of Arizona school districts were teaching courses that promoted the overthrow of the U.S. government in the guise of "ethnic studies."

Oh, but It gets better! Gawker reports that Arizona's Department of Education has also warned teachers that they could be reassigned or fired if they don't speak English LIKE A DAMN AMERICAN. The WSJ has more.

Ooh, wait! I must include this quote:

"Teachers should speak good grammar because kids pick up what they hear," said Johanna Haver, a proponent of English-language immersion who serves as an adviser to Arizona educators. "Where you draw the line is debatable."

Yes! They should speak good grammar! Speak it, American Sister! Speak the good grammar! What kind of name is Haver, anyway? Sounds suspicious.

Anyway, keep it up, dumbasses. The elections in Arizona this fall should be very interesting.

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