Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

Tucson Bans More Than Books – Your Right to Knowledge is Under Attack

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Here’s the article: Read it.

But they’re not just banning books, which is heinous enough. It gets worse. They banned the teaching of an entire subject: Mexican-American studies.

Administrators told Mexican-American studies teachers to stay away from any class units where “race, ethnicity and oppression are central themes.”

From the reporters blog: Censored News

So, they banned The Tempest, too.

The decision comes from this Administrative Law Judge Opinion,:

Based on the above, the Administrative Law Judge concludes that the Department has sustained its burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that as of January 1, 2011, and as of the hearing dates, the District’s MAS program had at least one or more classes or courses that were in violation of A.R.S. §§ 15-112(A)(2) (promoting racial resentment), (A)(3) (being designed primarily for one ethnic group), and (A)(4) (advocating ethnic solidarity instead of treating pupils as individuals).

Superintendent Huppenthal’s June 15, 2011 determination is affirmed, and on the effective date of the Order entered in this matter, the Department shall withhold 10% of the monthly apportionment of state aid until the District comes into compliance with A.R.S.§ 15-112.

PDF of the decision

So, here’s what they’re saying: teaching students about racial discrimination, promotes racial resentment and makes the white kids feel bad:

The examples from the MAS program cited in the above Findings of Fact, as well as the weight of the testimony presented, establish that the MAS program has classes or courses designed for Latinos as a group that promotes racial resentment against “Whites,” and advocates ethnic solidarity of Latinos. (Administrative law Judge Opinion, page 34, paragraph 7)

This document (pdf) signed January 6, 2012, affirms the budget for the program should be reduced by 10%.

From that, the Tucson Unified School district did this:

All MAS courses and teaching activities, regardless of the budget line from which they are funded, shall be suspended immediately. PDF

The governing board of the Tucson Unified School District consists of these people, as identified on the district website:

GOVERNING BOARD: Dr. Mark Stegeman, President; Michael Hicks, Clerk; Miguel Cuevas; Adelita Grijalva; Alexandre Borges Sugiyama, Ph.D.
SUPERINTENDENT: John J. Pedicone, Ph.D.

This is WRONG. It’s heinous. It’s offensive. And it’s dangerous.



Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Amazon Rank

What Amazon is doing is just wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Americans are not infantile boobs to be coddled and Amazon has no business intervening on my behalf, or anyone else’s. For shame.

And don’t think it’s only those books that are affected by this. Affected books

I guess my business goes to Borders and Barnes and Noble now.

Twitter is using the hash tag #amazonfail