Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies

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LOS ANGELES -- An editorial in La Opinión argues that the same shortsightedness that was applied to the immigration issue with bill SB 1070 is now moving into the classroom and curriculum. This week Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill, HB 2281, banning ethnic studies from schools, considering them divisive and promoting resentment. Editors write that it is "unfortunate that Arizona authorities confuse self-esteem of minority youth with resentment." Ethnic studies in the Tucson Unified School District, the editorial argues, teach history and literature. According to specialists, students perform better when they see people like themselves in their academic materials.

"It is unacceptable to remain silent in the face of measures that harm Latinos and minorities in Arizona," editors write. "Arizona conservatives want to recreate the present and the past in idealistic terms that never existed, except in their own minds."