Monday, November 20, 2017
Jonathan Zimmerman to Speak on “Censorship and Free Speech on College Campuses in the Age of Trump” at Western Washington University
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Evelyn Wright, the associate editor of the Journal of Educational Controversy, passed away on September 22nd. There will be a memorial service in celebration of her life on Saturday, November 4th at 1pm followed by a reception at St. John's Lutheran Church, 2530 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham WA.
Bellingham Herald Obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bellinghamherald/obituary.aspx?pid=186876040
Saturday, October 7, 2017
An Analysis of the Court Decision that Found the Banning of the Mexican American Curriculum Unconstitutional
Editor: We invited authors, Leslie Locke and Ann Blankenship, to provide our readers with an analysis of the recent court decision finding the banning of the Mexican American curriculum in Tucson, Arizona to be unconstitutional. Their earlier publication in Volume 10 of our journal was titled, “Keeping the Flames at Bay:The Interplay between Federal Oversight and State Politics in Tucson’s MexicanAmerican Studies Program.” Their article was part of a series of articles that this journal has published on this issue. Others included:“The Hypocrisy of Racism: Arizona's Movement towards State-Sanctioned Apartheid” by Augustine F. Romero, “Dangerous Minds In Tucson: The Banning of Mexican American Studies and Critical Thinking In Arizona” by Curtis Acosta, and “Precious Knowledge: An Interview with Film Director, Ari Palos, on April 15, 2013” by Celina Meza. We are pleased to provide our readers with the latest update on this vital issue, and thank Leslie and Ann for their in-depth analysis of this decade-long litigation .
Blankenship, A.E. & Locke, L.A. (2015). Culturally conscious curriculum: The fight between state and federal policies in Tucson. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 18(4), 338-349.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
1. What was it about the Woodring College of Education that attracted you?
Colleges of Education generally address some of these barriers. However, I believe that a systemic approach to education is needed to understand how all of these barriers are connected. In Woodring we are privileged to have academic programs preparing students in teacher education and also in health and community studies which provide different perspectives on how systems work.
Growing up I experienced the effects of socioeconomic segregation. Families were grouped in neighborhoods according to their common background, and children were grouped in schools where everyone looked similar.
In 10th grade, I was able to participate in a service-learning program organized by my high school. I travelled to the south of Chile to help shantytown dwellers build their own homes with government financial support. For the first time I met several people who grew up in a different part of the country, who had barely made it through elementary school and who could not access secondary education. I was not ready to understand why. I remember vividly hearing them say to me over and over, “I want you to work hard, go to college - don’t go through what we have experienced.” Those words have stayed with me forever. As I went through college, I understood that they were victims of social and economic oppression that had condemned their families to poverty.
In 1973, during my first year in University, President Salvador Allende, who was democratically elected in 1970, was overthrown by a military coup that ruled the country through the early 90s. I lived my entire university years under a curfew - hearing shootings at night and listening to horror stories about people disappearing and being tortured. Yet I was prepared to teach in that environment. However, I was not able to get a job in a public school, as all were under control of the military regime. Instead, I began my career in non-formal education, supporting community-based organizations struggling to help themselves address basic needs. Those experiences, framed by Paulo Freire’s work, shaped my basic philosophy of education all during my career, in different contexts and institutional settings.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Nationwide, over 650 college and university presidents from public and private institutions across the United States have signed a statement entitled, “Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students.”
The Association of American Colleges & Universities also issued the following response along with some additional links and resources:
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Federal Court Rules that Arizona’s Banning of the Mexican American Studies Program was Discriminatory and Motivated by Racial Animas
We will provide an extensive analysis of the court decision in a future post on this blog. Check back.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Charlottesville: Contested History and the Fight Against Bigotry https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library/after-charlottesville-contested-history-and-fight-against-bigotry?utm_campaign=Charlottesville&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=55531241&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_nm2h2wuU98ZuFebzvPMLCGb1c2p2_wRQ6i0c_4HHeGoihv-eOiYd6r39PePD7ZPkgRgkUfHyGsUxrt9yrjnQpnRdew3s4_B75bDh4N9YAuItv-Hs&_hsmi=55531241
3. Washington Post
4. Education Week Teacher
5. Northwest Public Radio
The Alt-Right on Campus: What Students Need to Know
6. Rethinking Schools Blog
- Understand the idea of historical memory.
- Contextualize recent events in Charlottesville within a larger historical controversy.
- Apply the concept of historical memory to the controversy over Confederate monuments.
- Appraise media sources that express a range of views on Confederate monuments.
I will continue to add to this list. Check our list above to see additions.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
How do you react to this AP headline: “Ex-school official: Radicals taught Mexican-American program”
Sunday, July 9, 2017
The article below is reprinted with permission of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
SPLC Denounces Letter from 10 Attorneys General Seeking ‘cruel and heartless’ Repeal of DACA
June 30, 2017
The Southern Poverty Law Center this week denounced a letter signed by 10 state attorneys general as “cruel and heartless” because it asks the Department of Justice to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Under DACA, which was created by the Obama administration, the federal government has granted reprieves from deportation to nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.
“Attorneys general from 10 states are egging the federal government on to be more cruel and heartless in its approach to immigration,” said Naomi Tsu, SPLC deputy legal director. “The letter requests that the Department of Justice revoke protections for immigrant youth and begin targeting for deportation these young people who have grown up as Americans.
“These attacks will prevent children, many of whom know no other home, from working legally and reaching their full potential. If the Trump administration follows through on this request, they will be responsible for further pushing immigrant communities underground, making communities less safe, less prosperous and more divided.”
The 10 state attorneys general who signed the letter are Steve Marshall of Alabama, Leslie Rutledge of Arkansas, Lawrence G. Wasden of Idaho, Derek Schmidt of Kansas, Jeff Landry of Louisiana, Doug Peterson of Nebraska, Alan Wilson of South Carolina, Ken Paxton of Texas, Herbert Slatery III of Tennessee, and Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia.
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter also signed the letter.
The SPLC has fought for young immigrants in danger of being deported, in spite of DACA. In March, the SPLC, along with others, won the release of Daniela Vargas from the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Vargas, a 22-year-old DACA recipient, was detained by ICE agents shortly after speaking at a Jackson, Mississippi, press conference on March 1 about her hope that she and other young immigrants could remain in the United States and contribute to the country they’ve long called home.
The SPLC and others filed court papers seeking the immediate release of Vargas, who was brought to the United States from Argentina at age 7.
Editor: Here is a link to the letter sent by the ten attorneys general to the Justice Department.
For an informative and sensitive article published in our journal, read: "A DREAM Deported: What Undocumented American Youth Need their Schools to Understand," in our Volume 7 issue at http://cedar.wwu.edu/jec/vol7/iss1/10/