On February 1, 2012 Teacher Activist Groups (TAG) announced a month of solidarity teach-ins in support of Tucson's Mexican American Studies (MAS) program. The Tucson Unified School District Board recently banned the teaching of Mexican American Studies in the school district. TAG encourages the preservation of history by teaching lessons from and about the banned MAS program. On the "No History is Illegal" website you'll find a guide that includes sample lesson plans from the MAS curriculum, as well as creative ideas and resources for exploring issues surrounding the ban with students.
“Whatever happens in Arizona, we can keep the ideas and values of MAS alive by teaching about them in our classrooms, our community centers, our houses of worship, our homes.” TAG
TAG is launching this campaign because February 1 is the first day on which Tucson schools must comply with this law. It is also the first day of African American History Month. As Dr. King warned us, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” TAG reminds educators across the country that what is happening in Arizona is not only a threat to Mexican American Studies, it is a threat to our right to teach the experiences of all people of color, LGBT people, poor and working people, the undocumented, people with disabilities and all those who are least powerful in this country.
VISIT the website and take the pledge to teach-in with free curriculum and lesson plans.
The above resources accompany the February 2012 YES! Education Connection Newsletter