By any name, “Mexican-American Studies” is Junk Academics We should be fighting to keep this course and others like it out of our schools.

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By Lynn Woolley

The state of Texas is about to foist upon public schools a course entitled “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent.” This is what we call “junk academics” – a chance for left-wing teachers to rail against how a certain community has been treated.

Many on the Right dislike these kinds of courses because they divide us as Americans.

But that’s not the only controversy.

Supporters of the new course want it to be called “Mexican-American Studies.” They say the official name is “disrespectful.” Seriously? I’d call the course – or any other aimed at a specific race whether Hispanic, black, white, or Asian – too divisive.

State Board of Education member Marisa Perez-Diaz speaks to a group of people rallying for the inclusion of Mexican-American studies in public school curriculum outside the Texas Education Agency on April 11, 2018. Laura Skelding

I’m sure we already teach about Cesar Chavez – a great American in many ways – so what will be the benefit of this course? It’s not serious academics and is simply another waste of time for our children.

Why this course is junk academics – and anti-American.

Our school system in Texas – as is our system of colleges and universities—has moved to the far left. Leftists like to separate people by skin color – and have even come up with at least seven letters to identify gender.

Now that Texas is becoming majority-Hispanic, some of the Left see the opportunity to use the public schools to redefine history in a way that liberals prefer. In this particular course, I can’t wait to see how the Battle of the Alamo (or Goliad, or San Jacinto) is characterized. My guess is that these pivotal events in Texas history will be taught from the viewpoint of the nation of Mexico. So, will Santa Anna be a hero or a villain?

What will class discussions about immigration (newspapers refuse to use the word “illegal” so I do not expect classrooms to use it either) be like? Will there be talk of Aztlan or the Reconquista? If so, what will those discussions entail?

Video: “Nation of Aztlan” – warning — this is disturbing.

In an interview with “In Search of Aztlán” on August 8, 1999, a University of Texas at Arlington professor named Jose Angel Gutierrez railed against America saying that American women are not having babies:

“It is not our fault that whites don’t make babies, and blacks are not growing in sufficient numbers, and there’s no other groups with such a goal to put their homeland back together again. We do. Those numbers will make it possible. I believe that in the next few years, we will see an irredentists movement, beyond assimilation, beyond integration, beyond separatism, to putting Mexico back together as one. That’s irridentism. One Mexico, one nation.”

Is that what he tells his students?

Video: La Raza Founder – Kill the Gringos (José Angel Gutiérrez)

We’re fighting over the name. We should be fighting to keep this course and others like it out of our schools.

Yesterday, in this space, we wrote about the fact that hyper-expensive college degrees are often useless – except for the mere fact of having them in order to obtain employment.

But with the rise of “ethnic studies,” we now have a college system that is downright dangerous. These courses are based on the identity politics that Hillary Clinton ran on – and lost.

When every ethnicity and movement gets a “study,” we will so divide our country that me may never recover. I have to say, though, that these courses do provide high-paying jobs for professors and teachers that have finagled their passions into a way to spread their hatred of other Americans. The problem is –these courses can serve to make students bitter and more apt to identify by race than as Americans.

We already have far too much of that.

What’s in a name?

Roberto Calderon, an associate professor of history at the University of North Texas indoctrinates – I mean – teaches his students “Mexican-American Studies.” He says the move to the longer, more descriptive name is an outrage:

“Names matter. This action was offensive and unacceptable… Mexican Americans have the right to tell their own stories.”

The idea seems to be that Hispanics should decide this because they are now large in numbers – and they want to teach kids stuff that represents the students in our schools. Texas’ Hispanic population in our schools is skyrocketing, as Professor Gutierrez pointed out years ago. They say the original name affirms the American identity while paying tribune to ancestry.

Erika Beltran, a Democrat on the State Board of Education, says the name change caught her by surprise:

“A board member said he doesn’t believe in hyphenated Americanism? But he doesn’t have a right to tell us how to self identify. That’s what’s divisive, and it seems ill-timed.”

Excuse me, Ms. Beltran, but who is “us”?

Is she speaking about Hispanics? If so, is it now “us” versus – whom? Blacks, whites and others who are not Hispanics? Frankly, that is offensive to me and it should be to anyone who lives in Texas and is an American. This whole line of study is incredibly offensive.

Maybe I need to sit through a few of these classes to see what really goes on. I’d like to know if the history I was taught is being turned around. I’d like to know if the classes would be in English. I’d like to see if it is Mexican-American studies or simply Mexican studies. I’d like to see for myself if this is a class taught, as you would expect it to be taught in Mexico.

Mostly, I’d like to see if I can detect anything positive or unifying that might be imparted to these kids – who, after all, are Americans.

What did the conservative board member really say?

The villain in this story is David Bradley, a Beaumont Republican who had the audacity to suggest the name change. Here’s how he explained it:

“I find hyphenated Americanism to be divisive and almost reverse racism. The more that they want to dwell on this and campaign on this, it is just hardening the resolve on both sides. They are being divisive.”

That is what liberals do.

And in a country that is divided by race, I cannot imagine a more destructive path than to have a “studies” course for every skin color, every ethnicity, every movement, and all seven genders. This is not academia; this is segregation. We fought a war to stop this kind of lunacy.

Video: We all agree with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on many things — but isn’t this just American history?

I have a suggestion.

I’m sure students in Mexico learn about their country, its history, and its national heroes. That is right and proper. In America – and in our great state of Texas – students should learn American and Texas history. That’s what we should be teaching – including the contributions of Cesar Chavez and others like him that happened to be Hispanic Americans.

Let’s teach about Chavez for sure – but let’s remember Crockett, Bowie, Travis, Lamar, Houston, and Austin. Let’s not forget our Founding Fathers who were fallible human beings, but without whom the greatest nation on earth would never have arisen.

Yes, I mean the United States of America!

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