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Re: “A Community Divided

Mari, as a person who was there at the beginning of the programs creation, I can say that your comments are not only wrong, but expose your bias, lack of knowledge or your attempt to rewrite the history of this program. Yes, other people help establish the Raza Studies Department, but TUSD teacher and Staff members from TUSD are right, Raza Studies would have never taken the form or risen to its great heights without Dr. Romero.

Auggie recruited all of those teachers, he mentored them, and he created a space wherein these teachers could grow professionally and personally. I witnessed Auggie spending many hours laying the foundation and building the structure of the Raza Studies program. Under Romero’s guidance and vision the Raza Studies program has become the national model for effective cultural studies in K-12 education. Yes, the teachers and community members like me helped along way, but Auggie created the space for these things to happen.

What is most disheartening is to see how those so-called Freirean teachers have created so much oppression and have directed so much abhorrence onto the one person who gave us all this great gift called “Raza Studies.” Yes, Raza Studies is our culture and it is something innate to all of us. However, until Dr. Romero came along we really didn’t know how to make it part of the K-12 education experience. It is a shame to know that in these critical and historic moments you all (the teachers) have failed to live up the very things you say you offer in the classroom. ¡Qué Vergüenza!

Mari and those who believe what Critical Tucson wrote, I have known Dr. Romero for a long time he has not nor will he sell-out. He has always kept his focus on students, parents, and community. I have no doubt that as I watch from afar Auggie will continue his standard method of reflection and action keeping his eye on students, parents and community as he moves us forward AGAIN.

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Posted by subaltbox on 06/19/2012 at 4:47 PM

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