According to Huffington Post’s Roque Planas, Tom Horne, a former head of the Arizona Education Department, had stated that he was hoping that a law from 2010 would ban all ethnic studies.
This had led to the controversial banning of the Mexican-American studies class that had students and teachers believing that this was due to discrimination. Republican officials had claimed that the study was discriminatory towards white people and that the teachers had been influencing students politically. Although, this would also mean that the law would ban African-American studies, Asian-American studies, and many more. However, Horne was specifically targeting the Mexican-American studies.
It’s important for ethnic studies to be implemented in schools because it’s important to understand how the American Dream came to be. Sure, students might be upset at others because of how we’ve treated each other previously. However, it’s the teacher’s responsibility to show students that with time and with the knowledge of others’ cultures, we can make reasonable change with how we perceive each other. Banning these kinds of studies only further prove that some aren’t tolerant enough to understand that people, including their own race, have done things that we aren’t proud of. As most of us know, we can’t change the past, but we can change our future.
Horne and the Republican officials do not understand that to embody the American Dream and for our future Americans to grow strong and proud of the country they live in, a school needs to be the foundation for seeking the identity of self, others, and our country. That means learning about the cultures of all Americans, including the good, the bad, and the ugly.