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    Default Appeal to bring back Mexican-American studies overruled

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1324755.html

    The federal U.S. District Court judge in Tucson, judge David Bury, who denied the request to reinstate the MAS program, said that the elimination of the courses didn't intentionally segregate students, nor did it tip the racial or ethnic balance of students in any TUSD school.

    The ruling by Judge Bury was backed by Special Master Willis Hawley, who was in charge of overseeing the development and implementation of TUSD's plan to bring its schools into racial balance.
    So do you believe the judge? Do you believe that getting rid of the Mexican-American studies is a good way to desegregate schools and bring unity? Do you think this move to eliminate the MAS program in schools is racist?
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    I don't understand what is wrong with the programs. When I first went back to school after leaving my 4 year college, I took some classes at the community college and I took an Irish-American literature class that was just starting up. I'm barely Irish but it was a very interesting class. There was a mix of people in my class and we were all learning something new. It amazes me that people think to not understand or to not learn about a group of people could ever be a good thing.
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    Is the MAS just a class or a seperate curriculum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by elleon17 View Post
    Is the MAS just a class or a seperate curriculum?
    Does it matter?

    Here is an article that I think is the most detailed. MAS is a program of study with various core classes in the same way Drama is a program of study and there are various classes that fall under it (Shakespear, Acting I, Acting II, Stage Direction, etc.) You don't ahve to take all of them or any of them. They did away with the entire program.
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    Yeah...that is dumb. People feel threatened by it for no reason. It is no different than majoring in women's studies or something like that. I'm not sure what fields call for a major/minor in MAS but all the power to you if that is what you want to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica1980 View Post
    Yeah...that is dumb. People feel threatened by it for no reason. It is no different than majoring in women's studies or something like that. I'm not sure what fields call for a major/minor in MAS but all the power to you if that is what you want to do.
    These are high school courses not college.
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    How is Mexican American studies more biased/segregated than the Western Civilization that I took in high school? I think doing away with it is silly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boilermaker View Post
    How is Mexican American studies more biased/segregated than the Western Civilization that I took in high school? I think doing away with it is silly.
    Still doesn't change that I think it is stupid and brought on by prejudice. I took several elective courses in high school as well. Many historical and literature classes in which we talked about things that weren't pertaining to a white anglo-saxon culture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by culturedmom View Post
    Does it matter?

    Here is an article that I think is the most detailed. MAS is a program of study with various core classes in the same way Drama is a program of study and there are various classes that fall under it (Shakespear, Acting I, Acting II, Stage Direction, etc.) You don't ahve to take all of them or any of them. They did away with the entire program.
    To me it does.

    I don't want to judge when I am not sure of what this really is. If it is a program that segegrates different ethnicities while teaching a similar curriculum, I am against it.

    I am not for segregation in any form.

    If it is a selection of classes, like a Mexican American studies course, I'm fine with it. I took tons of those in college.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boilermaker View Post
    How is Mexican American studies more biased/segregated than the Western Civilization that I took in high school? I think doing away with it is silly.

    I agree. I won't be so quick to call it racist, but I admit to not understanding it unless it was part of larger cuts that simply had to be made. I dont buy the desegregation argument, really.

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