Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. ~Marie Curie
Maybe it's me, but it seems like people get real excited about some stupid stuff.
Our local school district, Hooterville Unified (HUSD), was in need of desegregation some years back. Like most places, white kids attended white schools and other-than-white kids attended other-than-white schools.
This wasn't the official policy or anything, but housing patterns, the vestiges of long-ended official segregation and poverty made it so. Add to that the natural inclination of parents to send their kids to schools with other kids who look like them (gasp!).
Anyway, HUSD, with help from the United States government, came up with a plan to fix the problem. HUSD redrew school boundaries to rebalance school populations and set up magnet schools to entice people to voluntarily bus their kids.
Lo, after all these years, white flight from the district, along with falling birthrates in the white population and the influx of immigrants from Mexico and Central America, have conspired to throw a wrench into the deseg effort.
As of last Friday, the district was 61% Hispanic, 25% white, 6% African-American and 3% each, Native American and Asian-American. We still have segregated schools, just more of them are predominately Hispanic.
HUSD's problem is now less about ethnicity and more about how to educate children whose families are poorer and more transient than in the past.
Sometime back HUSD started a Mexican-American studies program in the high schools. The idea is to make school more relevant to the majority student population.
But, you would think they are teaching witchcraft or the overthrow of the government, based on the reaction of the still-majority white, taxpaying public.
The State of Arizona recently declared this program illegal, after having crafted a law specifically designed to make it illegal. The State is threatening to withhold money unless HUSD ceases and desists, asap.
My thinking is that if this program makes some kids want to attend school and to succeed, I'm in. Lord knows HUSD has its full quota of kids who want neither.
Either way, as my friend Woody and his voice, Randy Newman sang,
Not a bad way to live.
Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky