My goal is to bring ethnic study classes back into the curriculum of local Tucson high schools. The reasoning behind the removal of these classes is quite simple. The Tuscon Unified School District had removed the proponents of these classes felt that they had been "un-American", promoted racism and were taught by "Anti-American Zealots".
The arguments that the proponents had made are flawed and don't make any sense. These classes helped increase high school graduation rates in Tucson and the students actually liked taking these classes. Furthermore this had helped the community come together.
For example the students had put on a car show, which the drivers had been asked to bring a turkey with them. Does this sound "un-American" and is this promoting racism?
The ethnic study classes that were taught at Tucson High schools were only geared towards Latin American. Tucson, as well as America, is home to many diverse cultures and ethnic groups. I am advocating that the Tucson Unified School District provide more ethnic study classes besides ones about Latin America.
I want to bring back these classes to help students graduate high school and attend college. I want to bring back these classes to help my community and get this town back to its feet. I want to bring back these classes so that other school districts around the country can incorporate these types of classes into their curriculum and increase their graduation rates. I want to bring back these classes to allow students to find something that they are passionate about and enjoy taking. I want to bring back these classes because any group or people that don't identify themselves as white are being oppressed constantly and daily.
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