It's may too late for some, such as State Superintendent for Public Instruction Tom Horne:
Horne began fighting in 2007 against the Tucson Unified School District's program, which he said defied Martin Luther King's call to judge a person by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Horne claimed the ethnic studies program encourages "ethnic chauvanism," promotes Latinos to rise up and create a new territory out of the southwestern region of the United States and tries to intimidate conservative teachers in the school system.
To combat this menace, Horne is supporting a bill passed by the legislature to remove funding for all "Ethnic Studies" [shouldn't that be "Fnick"? – ed.] programs in Arizona.
Specifically, the bill would:
make it illegal for a school district to teach any courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group or "advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."
The bill stipulates that courses can continue to be taught for Native American pupils in compliance with federal law and does not prohibit English as a second language classes. It also does not prohibit the teaching of the Holocaust or other cases of genocide.
I will say this for traditional, 3 Rs education. When I was in school, we were taught that correct spelling was important.
That quibble aside, I call bullshit on the need for this bill, which is designed either to combat non-existent threats, redmeat for rednecks (Arizona schools are promoting treason? AT LONG LAST, ARIZONA, HAVE YOU NO SHAME?), or to make the objective teaching of history impossible. As a white southerner, I will be the first to concede that fair teaching of, for instance, Jim Crow and the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 60s promotes resentment of white southerners. As a white American, I will concede that that fair teaching of the history of white American dealings with American Indians promotes self-loathing. One of the goals of a good education is to force students to look into the mirror. Sometimes the mirror shows us warts.
To take that analogy further, Arizona wants to legislate a wart-free mirror. But they cann't make the warts go away.
There'll be plenty of time for the youth of Arizona to learn that everything they were taught was a lie, when they get out of high school.