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Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

I think he just outed you David.

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Posted by Amigos de Quatro on 07/26/2017 at 7:10 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

Again with Ben Franklin, John? I wonder why that bothers you so much. If the man owned your ancestors, if they were his personal property, and all around him others were treating people like your ancestors as property, as animals over whom they had the right of life or death without any legal repercussions, as nothing more than useful machinery, that wouldn't bother you? If you could shrug your shoulders about that -- "Oh well, that's life, it's the way things were back then" -- you either have ice water in your veins or you have no self awareness.

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Posted by David Safier on 07/26/2017 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Fun and Games and More

Love these two artists! So talented as well as open and approachable!

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Posted by Tammy Maki on 07/26/2017 at 6:30 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

David, you are showing your bigotry.

The number one predictor for an immigrant's success in the United States is their knowledge of English. We were developing Balkins in Phoenix with billboards in Spanish and literature in some neighborhoods completely in Spanish. You could have neighborhoods where children never encounter English until they reach school. That's an economic curse to a lesser future.

I grew up and went to school in an overwhelmingly Hispanic neighborhood in Tucson. All of my buddies went on to graduate from college, an almost statistical impossibility from such a high poverty, high crime neighborhood. Marcelino Lucero is a pharmacist, Richard Sanchez became an athletic director, James Ortega became a vocational education teacher, Stella Peralta became a elementary school principal, Luis Rodriguez became an Avionics Engineer.

The one common denominator is that they all became very articulate in English - the best predictor of economic success better than a high school diploma, better than a college degree.

You know when researchers do that thing they call a specification, i.e. body weight is a function of height. Earnings is a function of HS diploma, College Diploma, English scores. English scores win.

My comments are antiracist. Concerned about the future of these kids. You are expressing what president Bush referred to as the bigotry of low expectations and the lack of discipline needed to escape extreme poverty.

Those of us who escaped extreme poverty know what it takes and want every one of these kids to have the great chances we had.

Those MAS classes were toxic and racist. They weren't Mexican American studies classes, they were designed to be an indoctrination into Marxism. One of directors made no bones about it. He wrote a research journal article directly stating his intent. He was going to "racimize" the classroom - apply the Marx framework of the oppressed being Hispanics and the Oppressor being Caucasians. That's racist and hateful.

They were direct about it. In their model classroom, they had this big poster of Che Guvera who shot 14,000 Cubans in the back of the head for their ideas and speech alone.

That's who they were glorifying.

They described Benjamin Franklin as a racist. The founding father who helped create schools for African Americans, who associated with, published the ideas of and encouraged every leading abolitionist of the 18th century, and himself the President of the Pennsylvania abolitionist society.

You are deceiving people about what was going on in those classrooms. You are deceiving people about me.

I now devote my life to teaching students of color and poverty mathematics. Many of them from the highest crime, highest poverty zipcode in Arizona, the same way those nuns devoted their lives to helping students and me in South Tucson.

Four of my students this year made 4 years of academic progress. In one year, passing the scores of Caucasians. To do it, they did over 50,000 math problems each, having fun in the process. My slowest student did over 10,000 math problems. By eight grade, all will surpass Caucasian performance at this pace.

The idea that you propagate, that these students are ineducable, that the households that they come from permanently limit them, that is the ultimate racist idea. That current results are the best we can do.

Look in the mirror buddy. Your are the racist.

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Posted by on 07/26/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

TL/DR: The public schools should not be teaching critical race scholarship to high school students. There will be plenty of opportunity to learn how to hate white people in college.

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Posted by Nathan K on 07/26/2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Jogger Plans Half-Day Run To Support No More Deaths

Not at all Surprised!!!

Jerry is a GREAT Guy and Teacher. Thank you Jerry for your Dedication as a Teacher and your help in STOPPING this tragic lose of Human Life along the US/Mexican Border, Immigration Reform....and..."that it is through Love that we can Transform Ourselves and Human Society"!!!

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 07/26/2017 at 4:26 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

Historically, one of the roles of public schools was to socialize and acculturate students into the dominant political culture. It was expected that children would be taught patriotism. This is why, for example, the Supreme Court has long upheld the constitutionality of requiring public school teachers to swear loyalty oaths to the U.S. constitution - teachers were the first representatives of our collective civic culture to school children. Teachers were expected to be pro-American propagandists. This was right and normal.

This role was particularly important for the assimilation of first and second generation immigrant children. If you want an anecdotal treatment of that, read Victor Davis Hanson's "Mexifornia" - it's a quick read, can be done in an afternoon - where he relates his observations about how public schools in 1950s California intentionally and systematically broke down students' Mexican identity and replaced it with an American one. The result was a much better assimilated Mexican population than we have today.

As critical theory has spread like a poisonous fungus throughout the Academy, and especially though the teaching colleges (recall that weather underground bomber Bill Ayers is an education professor today), this role of education has been rejected. Children are not taught to be American. America, after all, is evil. It is built on slavery, genocide, patriarchal misogyny, anti-Semitism, LBGTQXYZ phobia and, I suppose, kicking puppies. No one should identify as an American. (Or alternatively, anyone who wants to come here becomes an American by placing their feet on our soil). Rather, one should adopt some other tribal identity - black, trans, feminist, La Raza Cosmica, etc. Read Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed - it's all there.

That is destructive. It creates social strife. It is a disservice to the student and society in general. The State should be entitled to stop it. In a serious society concerned with its own survival, this would not even be a question. But of course, ours has long since ceased being a serious society.

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Posted by Nathan K on 07/26/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Cinema Clips: Killing Ground

The reviews for this movie on Rotten Tomatoes really seem to be of the variety that it's basically a horrible movie that portrays violence with no purpose other than to shock. No thanks...

Posted by JCC on 07/26/2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

Ok let's make MORE amendments ha ha

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Posted by Grandma Suzy on 07/26/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Danehy

Kiss my ass.

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Posted by CW69 on 07/26/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward


You do realize that the Constitution is a living document and can be changed, and by the way, I'll just assume you forgot the "s" on thanks and you do not suck at Writing and English.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/26/2017 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Danehy

2 already. One day you stooges will learn to ignore me!!

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Posted by CW13 on 07/26/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “BASIS Connives to Maintain Its Elite Charter School Status in Baton Rouge

If you look at a continuous cohort of students, meaning looking at all the kids who were in Arizona schools at the end of 3rd grade and still in our schools at the end of 8th grade, the BASIS cohort gains 20% more annually than the statewide average. Put in terms of SAT points, that's about 3 extra SAT points per year. However, when you look at those same students when they attend other schools, their gains are only slightly less - about 2.5 SAT points per year.

You keep beating up on them because their sky high test scores make them the poster boys and girls for school choice. That's what education culture values, falsely associating these high test scores with the school that collects them and ignoring those schools that actually create them. The measure of academic gains, in scale score points, is where we should be looking to find uniquely valuable schools.

There are over 50 schools with higher academic gains than the average of BASIS system.

Many of them are producing those gains year after year. Sooner or later, they will begin to propagate the way BASIS has propagated. Then, the game will be on.

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Posted by on 07/26/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Danehy

Thanks. The more I'm disliked by the left the more I love it.

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Posted by CW13 on 07/26/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Danehy

They dislike you, not the 10 times more fun your generation had.

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Posted by The Grim Reaper on 07/26/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

Hahahaha Have either of you even read the constitution? You do realize that Senators serve 6 year terms... Either you suck at civics or you suck at math, neither 4 nor 8 year term limits would work. Both of you made me smile today, thank!

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Posted by HumanBean on 07/26/2017 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Homeless Program Working


That was my point but I guess I did not make it clear enough :-) It would be great if these orgs and businesses gave more than tax deductible donations and actually pony'd up to provided job training AND jobs. Maybe they are and it was missed in this coverage.

Posted by HumanBean on 07/26/2017 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Danehy

What's to dislike? You clowns are just pissed that my generation had 10 times more fun than yours ever did.

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Posted by CW13 on 07/26/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare


HA HA! I'm such a clever REPUBLISHIT.

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Posted by AZPaul on 07/26/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

Grandma Suzy,

Four years -- no more, no less.

If you cannot get it done in four years, you probably cannot get it done.

In addition, no "entitlements" after service. I had to put more than 20 years in the Army to retire with benefits that are far less than these people get for one term now.

22 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by sgsmith on 07/26/2017 at 7:37 AM

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