One of the minor goals to confront and/or resolve the issue would be making the banned books available to the districts in Arizona, this can be made possible by viewing the books online. Even though most ethnic studies books were banned students will still have access to them online. This will keep the books alive in class and somewhat still alive in history. Another minor goal would be possibly offering or opening up an ethnic studies club or program after school. The program does not necessarily have to take place on school property, but they could meet at a public library or a nearby park. The community could still keep ethnic studies alive outside of school and this would not interfere with the bill.
Define major goals to confront, challenge, and resolve the issue:
Several major goals in confronting the issues with House Bill 2281 are to bring awareness to the community and the U.S population. In addition, becoming adamant in the fight against unwarranted actions from people like State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne is also very important, for if we don’t show perseverance politicians will have control over what is taught in schools instead of those who understand true education. Furthermore, as infuriating as certain presumptions from certain people may be, we must try to take the higher non-violent path towards justification. For example, rallying together in marches, making our voices heard through social media, participating in fundraisers, and signing petitions against HB 2281 are great ways to challenge the bill without threatening or discouraging the opposition.
As of right now litigation has been going on to keep the ethnic studies program and resolve the issue however there are other ways of helping such as donating to sustain the legal fight, joining or creating activists groups like the Tucson Banned Books Reading Group, and remember that even though the Ethnic Studies program is temporarily gone, they can’t stop students’ determination to learn about their history.
An amazing campaign the faculty of Ethnic Studies Program is carrying nationwide to promote awareness of the current laws banning Ethnic Studies in Arizona. These white supremacist politicians are taking the only hope of bettering public education for minorities, in particularly Latinos, and are stripping their right to learn about their culture and the real history this country has hidden for over 500 years. Please show your support and if you don’t get involved, get informed!
Tom Horne’s Reasoning of HB2281
What is TUSD afraid of? That this child represents the future of Arizona? That he might actually use his knowledge as he grows older to fight for injustice?
HB2281 is a piece of legislation that makes the teaching of Ethnic Studies in Arizona illegal. But where exactly is this taking place? The banning of these Ethnic Studies programs is taking place throughout the entire state of Arizona. The law, however, “doesn’t have any effect on college or University teaching- it’s aimed solely at K-12 education.” Which schools is it affecting? Over 112 schools in the Tuscon Unified School District alone are being affected by this bill. TUSD has been mentioned quite a few times because there are many Ethnic Studies Programs installed there and these large programs have a greatly involved student body. These students, among many more future students, will be greatly and negatively affected throughout the entire state.