Earlier this year, the state of Arizona voted to end its Mexican American studies program (this being in a school district with a significant Mexican-American presence, of course). The reasoning is that public education shouldn’t promote ethnic solidarity over treating everyone as equals (because treating everyone as equals happens everywhere else all the time). In its usual fashion, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show went to Arizona to interview former Mexican American studies teacher Curtis Acosta and Tucson school board member Michael Hicks. Hicks explains that the ban’s goal is “not teaching the resentment of a race or class of people,” as if there’d be no resentment without a curriculum telling us to have some. Ridiculous, yes, but also hilarious. Watch:

Slavery jobs!? Rosa Clark?!

Sometimes I don’t know what we’d do without things like The Daily Show to help us laugh to keep from crying.

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  • Whatever

    The curriculum across the board is very Eurocentric. It is a shame that in a community with a large Mexican-American community they can’t have their own history included in the curriculum. However, this holds true for black people as well. In most history classes we learn about slavery, the jim crow south, the civil rights movement… and I’m guessing it will jump to Obama’s presidency. Absolutely nothing in between. This is why it is important for parents to teach their children everything that will shape and mold them into the people they want them to become including their unique history. Education and knowledge does not start or end with school.