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ERIC Number: EJ987592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
From Johannesburg to Tucson
Bigelow, Bill
Rethinking Schools, v26 n4 p26-29 Sum 2012
"Rethinking Columbus," the book the author co-edited with Bob Peterson, had been banned in the schools of Tucson, Arizona, as part of that state's suppression of the Mexican American Studies program. The state superintendent of schools, John Huppenthal, had found the acclaimed Tucson program out of compliance with House Bill 2281, which outlaws courses that teach "ethnic solidarity" or promote "resentment toward a race or class of people." On Jan. 10, the Tucson school board had voted to end the program rather than lose 10 percent of its state funding. The only other time the author had a book outlawed was his curriculum on teaching about South Africa, "Strangers in Their Own Country," which had been banned in South Africa in 1986, no doubt because it featured a speech by then-imprisoned Nelson Mandela, quotes from other officially banned individuals, and lessons on the movement to demand corporate divestment from apartheid South Africa. More than 25 years separates the banning of each of these books, but as events in Tucson have unfolded, the author finds himself making comparisons between South Africa and Arizona. The courage, determination, and political insight of Tucson students bring to mind students who battled for liberatory education in South Africa.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; South Africa; South Africa (Johannesburg)