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    If we really are all Americans, then why do we allow ourselves to be divided by placing an ethnicity before our nationality? It contradicts itself! If you say you're an American, then SAY that you're an American! It's time we get back to defining what the melting pot REALLY means.
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    This BS of hyphening your ethnicity with your nationality sounds eerily similar to the "separate but equal" motto of the Jim Crow Laws.

    Ironic; those laws were originated by Southern Democrats, and this BS is pushed forward today by PC Democrats.

    Deja Vu, anyone?
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    @Threeper301
    The Southern Democrats knew they'd lose the South when Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act in the 1960's, Johnson himself verbalized that known result and knew the anti-civil rights folks would end up under Republican control. The sudden loss of the South by Democrats did not stop the Republicans from coming in and taking over and controlling the NeoConfederate American constituency..........and that political condition is still in place today.
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    @Unfit2serve So, because a former pro-segregation Democrat president votes it into law, that automatically absolves the racism of Democrats from history?
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    @Threeper301
    Huh?; where in the world have I excused anyone from anything? If we are talking about the historic racism in the South..........both Parties supported it and are equally responsible. Actually, i think the Dems and Reps have been in control of the South for about the same period of time-but I'd have to do the research. What is your point, outside of disdaining Democrats? No one gets absolved of racism, ideologically.
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    @Unfit2serve I'm just sick of all the racial bullshit in this country; it's all only skin-deep anyway. It's about time we as a nation and society grow up and stop this childish racial bullshit.
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    Mexican-American studies..........
    Why not call it Texas History 101 and drop Mexican part. Mexican-Asian-African with American is nothing more than a separation of the masses. America is a MELTING POT. We are many cultures. As long as we feel this "need" to address a culture that most have NOT been connected to for several generations, we will maintain racist status quo. But, then again, how else would our lying, cheating DC politicians keep us from knowing that they are FUCKING US and we don't even get the Vaseline.
    Signed: An American
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    Texas history should already be about 50% Hispanic. After all, it was once part of Mexico, and the population has always been a mixture of Whites and Hispanics. That's part of what makes Texas great and its culture unique! I would hope the history classes are already that way.

    If not, I would see good in a greater Hispanic presence in regular Texas history books, but separating them off into a separate class creates division.
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    cicero ill 3 miles from chicago in the 70's and early on there were maybe 10% hispanic there' now there 96% there most all the stores there you cant read what they are unless your a mex' they took the town over a little over kill i think' you can google it' i no was rased there in the 60's and 70's still have friends that live there.
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    This is America. America is where everyone except Native Americans came from some other place. If you want to live here, BE AMERICAN, not some bastardized hyphenated mixture. If you want to study some other culture, do it as a hobby, not as part of American education. This proposal sounds like some leftist socialist propaganda scheme to divide the country even further which is what the Obama administration has been trying to do even though he lied and said he would unite America. How much of this BS does it take for America to wake up?
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    Even the Native Americans came from somewhere else; they crossed the land bridge from Asia 10,000 years ago and migrated south. The point is, despite the fact that we all originated from somewhere else, we are all here now, as citizens of the greatest nation that has ever existed on Earth. American history should be teaching just that, the history of America. It should be uniting us, by teaching children of our exceptional and unique past and of the neccesity of our future leadership, not dividing us by focusing on where we happened to live before. If you want to be an American, be one, but don't try to segregate yourself from the rest of the population.
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    @PeteC Yeah, dont they know Americans are supposed to hate people who arent white and straight? Whats wrong with them?
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    There shouldn't be separate American studies classes. Just one, and mention all the immigrant groups over the years who've come here. That would be much more educational and constructive.
    Save the specialty curriculum for college courses, when we expect students to decide what to major in.
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    This is a terrible idea, and here's why......

    THAT'S WHAT COLLEGE IS FOR!

    We have segment of our history which covers the SW US and it's formation from territory that changed ownerships between colonizing groups and indigenous. If the Mexican community wants to learn more in depth history take it in college. But trying to make a high school curriculum out of it is counterproductive. Like all other immigrant groups who want their children to learn their ethnic heritage, put them in after school programs to learn it.

    Based on the sampling of those interviewed in the video it would be wiser to spend extra money on tutoring these kids on English speech and comprehension. The mother couldn't formulate a decent sentence or thought.
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    Why can't we all be American's that are interested in learning the history of a variety of cultures? They should not just limited it to Mexican-American Studies but expand the educational program to include a knowledge of other world cultures, as well.
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    Wow great, now we'll be really competitive with the rest of the world. Nothing wrong with Mexican-American studies but come on.
  • #112
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    BS! History is a combined whole not pieces with little to do with each other. This divisive way of teaching is counterproductive. What is does is discourage assimilation into the society and keep politicians in power.
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    I realize that reading, writing and arithmetic have become a base standard that must be supplemented with technology rich programs. Financial planning and career planning classes should also be mandatory education. But spending more of my money and yours to bring x-American studies into a curriculum is beyond maddening. I happen to be living in TX now but recently moved from AZ. Take a look at how much money this frivolous , law suit inundated, idea is going to cost us, based on the AZ example. People have too much time and too much of my money to play with. Introduce one elective course on cultural diversity and let it go! If parents want to teach their children more in-depth history based on their specific heritage, let them. We have more universally important things to teach.
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    I may be blinding myself with my own optimism, but I see this as nothing more than showing the heritage of the U.S.'s many cultures to people who grew up just listening to the horror stories told to them by their ancestors. Asian-Americans should be taught that many of their ancestors fought against the Japanese during WW2 as well as many Native Americans. I see absolutely no harm in teaching the colorful heritage behind the many cultures within the "Great Melting Pot". If our youth are taught the beauty within this multi-cultured nation that was founded so that ALL people can be free then the racism will quickly fade and become just as useless a relic as a used handkerchief.
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    The main issue here is that "American" history as it has been taught in schools has been extremely Anglo-Saxon-Teuton centered. In reality, it's "white-washed" history.

    The contributions made by Latinos is practically ignored. About the only thing students are taught is that Mexico is south of the border. The southwest belonged to Mexico and the US took it, blah, blah, blah.

    Latinos are already the second largest ethnic group in the US and projected to become considerably more numerous by 2050. Yes, Latino history Mexican-American studies) should definitely be taught in schools.
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    If the schools start teaching studies about every race that attends school then when do they think they will have time for school. Not to pick on blacks but every lesson taught them only seems to lead to racism. And if you ask a Hispanic kid about the Alamo they all say that Mexico was stolen they know nothing about what it was over. Hell I doubt they could even tell you where the Alamo is.
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    Yes, cater to them and allow them to become dumb and unemployable as long as public schools allow public fools to take dumbass diversity classes that are enjoyable. Unlike those schools that demand a firm basic foundation for education, i.e., ENGLISH; MATH; SCIENCE; GEOGRAPHY. You know, those schools where most of the students have enough brains to look at a globe or a map and pick out Ukraine.
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    "Students are not seeing themselves reflected positively in the textbooks," How so? Are they denigrating Americans in the text book?because that's who they are,they are not Hispanic Americans,afro Americans or whatever,,,that's the problem everybody wants to be special, fawned upon,,I,m from Nordic stock,I don't,t go blathering about being Nordic American,because I,m not,I,m 100% per cent American and I have little patience you pantie waists that are not 100%
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