We posted earlier today about the alarming draft Ethnic Studies curriculum being considered by the state as a model for local public schools to use.
Readers can review the model curriculum here. It becomes quickly apparent to primary thrust of this curriculum is to inculcate students with a particular and radical political world view. The authors of this curriculum even recommend that Ethnic Studies be incorporated into academic courses such as Mathematics and Science, but also be taught to children beginning in kindergarten.
Given how California’s public education system generally struggles to graduate students who are proficient in basic subjects such as math and reading, one wonders why the drive to divert school time from basic subject matter to this esoteric, intrinsically political area of study.
The deadline for public comment on this radical new curriculum is August 15.
This is especially pertinent to Anaheim, where the local school districts are ground zero for Ethnic Studies advocacy.
District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno is an associate professor of Chicano Studies at Cal State Long Beach. Prior to being elected to council, Moreno served three terms on the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Education.
Moreno’s friend and political ally, Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent Mike Matsuda, is an ethnic studies booster: under his tenure, ethnic studies classes have been started in several district schools with his full support.
The first Ethnic Studies curriculum in AUHSD was proposed by J. Paolo Magcalas, a political ally of Moreno and Matsuda. Magcalas was a history teacher, but while pursuing a masters degree came to believe he was “oppressing” his students by teaching them a “Eurocentric” view of American history, and resolved to “liberate” their minds by creating an Ethnic Studies course. Magcalas represents Trustee Area 3 on the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Education. He was elected in 2016 because no other candidate filed to run.
The inherently political nature of Ethnic Studies as taught in the state is illustrated in this December 2015 post on the OCCORD Facebook page:
Here you see Magcalas and his students making protest signs in the classroom in preparation for the December 2015 Anaheim City Council meeting – which wound up being shut down when political activists such as Magcalas and his students so completely disrupted the council meeting that the mayor adjourned it before completing the public’s business.
Another AUHSD-based Ethnic Studies advocate is Jose Lara, who was hired in 2018 to be assistant principal at Dale Junior High school – whose principal is Lorena Moreno, the wife of Councilman Moreno. Lara is leader of the Ethnic Studies Now Coalition, a political advocacy group that wants to make ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement – the better to ensure all California public school students are run through a semester’s worth of left-wing political indoctrination.
In fact, Lara believes the mere absence of ethnic studies from a school’s curriculum is evidence of “structural racism.”
At his 2018 re-election campaign kickoff, Jose Moreno gave a special shoutout to Lara:
Lara came to AUSHD from the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he ran the Centro Cultural Francisco Villa – and held up murderous communist thugs such as Che Guevara and Ho Chi Minh as role models for impressionable young people.
“The walls here are decorated with foreign revolutionaries like Ho Chi Minh and Che Guevara,” Lara told Russia Today.
“Che Guevara did fight against dictatorships,right? And if you’re against dictatorships, then you support somebody like Che Guevara,” Lara continued.
“We’re talking about these figures who did revolutionary change,” Lara told the pro-Putin media outlet. “That’s something we talk about inside the classroom.”
Here’s a recent post from Lara’s Ethnic Studies Now Coalition Facebook page:
Shakur is a domestic terrorist who was convicted in 1973 of murdering a New Jersey state policeman. She escaped from prison in 1979 and five years later surfaced in Communist Cuba – where she still lives.
Is it really a good idea to glorify someone who murdered to further a fringe ideology? Is this kind of person ethnic studies leader Lara would like to see included in ethnic studies classes? Given his record of admiration of violent revolutionaries, don’t bet against it.
Lara assisted Magcalas in developing AUHSD’s inaugural Ethnci Studies class – at Loara High School.