When the uneducated are put in charge of education

It is always interesting when the uneducated try to regulate education that they know nothing about.

Doug MacEachern, anti-ethnic studies advocate.

Doug MacEachern, anti-ethnic studies advocate.

This is exactly what is going on with education in Arizona today. State legislators who lack a basic college degree are put in charge of determining the resources, or lack thereof, that the state universities will receive.

I am currently working on my doctorate in applied mathematics. There are two questions I am always asked when people find out this fact:  “What do you want to do with that…. teach?” and “I was never really good at math…”

Our schools have failed our students, and when an attempt is made to rectify this injustice, ignorance reigns supreme.

Why should a student learn calculus, I never had to learn calculus! Why should they learn about computer programming, or the biology of the cell, or the structure of DNA, subatomic particles, cosmology…

One’s ignorance of knowledge and truth is not a justification for that ignorance!

And yet this is all said while typing on a computer, using the internet or a cell phone, without realizing all the technology that is required to send digital signals, compression, error correction… do we even realize that some of our conversations are digitized samples of our voice’s sound spectrum that is then beamed into outer space, or that when an internet signal is sent, including this very article that you are reading, that the data may have been broken up in to smaller chunks and sent to servers thousands of miles apart, only to come together and be deciphered in the end to see the web page you are reading now?

The same is true for the non-science fields. One thing that is missing from the discussion today are the facts. Consider the following article from the anti-ethnic studies writer, Doug MacEachern at the azcentral.com, the home of the Arizona Republic.

Part of the reading material describing the westward American march that culminated in the Hidalgo treaty is titled “Conquest and Colonización.” It includes the following:

“We will now see the real forces behind this so-called ‘manifest destiny.’ We will see how half of Mexico was ripped off by trickery and violence. We will see how Chicanos became a colonized people. In the process of being colonized, we were robbed of land and other resources. We were murdered and lynched… “

When one reads an anti-truth article such as this, one is presented with what the author, in their limited worldview, perceives of the world they have been taught. Such ignorance can only be undone with the very education they oppose.


(Article continued below)

Let’s consider the following facts:

  • Some people may hate Spanish or bilingual education, but even to get an undergraduate degree in mathematics, a second-language is required.
  • The ability for the brain to operate in two or more languages is a feat that continues to amaze, and I can only infer that the fact that 6 year-old children that are proficient in two different languages causes jealousy of their neural accomplishment.
  • Our universities teach ethnic studies, and they also teach specialized history courses. One can learn about ancient Chinese culture, the American revolution, American history only during the Vietnam war, or other very specific time frames.

These are all examples of mental mastery.  The more languages you know, the more history you know, the smarter you become. There are many words in Spanish that have no satisfactory translation in English. I remember once driving on a road along a mountain in the Bay Area, and I was enjoying the shadows of the trees on the road which weren’t solid since one could make out the leaves. My friend told me there was a single Japanese word for that reality.

Current advancements in quantum physics have left the modern scientist without a vocabulary to describe the phenomena they were observing, but they discovered that there were words in Native American languages that described their observations.

The more you know, the more diverse your perception of the world is, the more neural connections you have in your brain that are ready to process new information that is being inputted at every second of the day.

This is why I laugh at ignorant comments made by people such as MacEachern above. Is he opposed to real facts that students are actually learning in school? Never once have I read a credible anti-ethnic studies article were the author actually presented a falsehood that was being taught.

When a student learns about facts and truths in a classroom, education is at work. Do our state legislators or people like MacEachern want to censor the truth? Do they want to pretend that revolution never happens, or that our country was founded by revolutionaries?

It seems as if they would prefer to get rid of the “revolution” in the Revolutionary War, but I think I figured out why. If people like Tom Horne and Doug MacEachern got their way, the war that led to the founding of this great nation would simply be known as the “ary” War, and thus those that fought in it must have been Aryans?

It is truly a sad state in a saddened state when knowledge, when truth, becomes the enemy. Facts are facts, and truths are truths.

Am I not a man and a brother?

Am I not a man and a brother?

If you don’t like that 1+1=2, tough luck, deal with it. If you don’t like that the US, for the vast majority of its existence, has had institutionalized racism, first in the form of slavery, and then “separate but equal” (hey, what’s so racist about that, it’s equal right?), poll taxes, and now with Arizona legalized racial profiling as laid out on line 37, page 1, of SB1070 (yes I have read it), if this truth gets to you, then tough luck!

1+1=2 just like slavery existed in this country, just like land was taken from the Native Americans through broken treaties, and even treaties with Mexico were broken. Read your history pendejos!

And from now on, don’t talk about how the truth offends you, or how the truth is anti-American. Remember that quote from Jesus about how the truth will set you free? Well guess what?

American minds are still enslaved in ignorance. Education is the only path to freedom!



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47 comments on “When the uneducated are put in charge of education
  1. How did yo get on this blog site? By the way we fought a Civil War to stop slavery and other things. Hundreds of thousands of Union troops died to stop slavery. You sound like you are very proud of your math skills. I am happy for you. Leave the history to the history majors. Someone will put you in a small room with a port-a-john and a small frig and you will work on math problems. Your neighbor will be a computer guy. You will both get alomg just fine.

  2. Excellent column, David!  We will never let these racists take away our history and culture from our children. 🙂

  3. One’s ignorance of knowledge and truth is not a justification for that ignorance!

    In some cases it seems to reach beyond justification and that ignorance becomes a real source of pride for the individual as well as a criterion for membership in certain groups. 

  4. Hey Amigo: Who you callin’ a “pendejo?” I sure hope it wasn’t poor old Ferrari Bubba.
    You can call me gringo, but not pendejo, OK?
    What’s next, my friend, my father was a Kraut? My uncle Werner was a Nazi? . . . Well, maybe.
    And while we’re on the subject of Ethnic Studies, does the TUSD study include the rather barbaric Aztec ritual of cutting out the still-beating hearts of thousands of captives while the cheering crowds worked themselves up to orgasm and beyond?
    Or that the Aztec Leader, Montezuma kept a corral stocked with young boys to enjoy. It was said that the haunch of an 8-year-old boy was his favorite meal.
    If you don’t believe me, look it up in a history book written by Cortez’ 2nd in command, Bernal Daiz del Castillio, titled, ‘ The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico.’
    Every sordid detail (and more) is in there. Check it out, mi amigo.
    BTW: I still have my Honorary Chicano Pass that the Brown Berets gave me when I arrested a bunch of them in Anaheim that bloody Friday night. <g> It was like Sherman’s march through Georgia!
    Still yer Gringo pal (I think?) Ferrari Bubba

  5. To Bill Hilser:

    Bernal Diaz de Castillo was not the seconfd in command to Cortez. He was just a common soldier. He wrote his book many years later. It is as you said a great book. Very accurate.

    To the Three sonorans in response to my comment:
    I think the destruction of slavery at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives beats your thought. Read some history some day.

    • I’m not understanding your argument. Are you claiming that because slavery once existed, and no longer does, that the rest of historical fact should be forgotten, including the segregation that came immediately afterwards?

  6. A simply amazing article. Just wondering how you got it to smell like yesterdays diapers. And what does Pendejo mean anyway? Could you please let the American readers know what it means?”Loaders The”itc

  7. Another GREAT read on the subject is the historical novel by the late Gary Jennings, Aztec.
    Although a novel, it is based on historical fact, and follows the rise and fall of the Aztec nation without embellishing the truth.
    The book paints a rather sympathetic picture of the life of one Aztec man from birth to death, who’s life parallels the rise and fall of his people.
    I found it a book that was hard to put down.
    Yer pal, Ferrari Bubba 

  8. I love this article. It is a great example of the gaping chasm between what universities teach, and real life.
    It shows that from a sheltered position in front of the computer monitor, any problem can be solved with nothing more than self-rightousness, and good intentions. Life is so easy when you don’t ACTUALLY have to do anything, you can just deride those who really have to live and work on the real world.
    I like the way that you insult anyone who is “uneducated” to your satisfaction, even though in your opinion “uneducated” means anyone who doesn’t agree with you.  That really bolsters your credibility.

    • I specifically mention the uneducated who are put in charge of education spending as a state legislator, and who are put in charge of public instruction as superintendent. They should have a basic education, and with Arizona ranking dead last in the nation, a high school diploma is not enough if you want to run the state.
      We expect doctors to have the proper education, and even with more “labor” jobs we look for someone who is licensed and certified, such as a car mechanic who is ASE certified. There are many ways to be educated outside of a university, and there are many ways for people like Tom Horne and MacEachern to go to college and still be an idiot.
      Banning books and now banning knowledge… superintendents should promote the study of facts and knowledge in their classrooms, not be against it.

      • So you beleive that bible study would be an appropriate cirruiculum?
        How about “the Anarchists Cookbook?” Required reading for schoolchildren?
        Afterall, both of those courses of study would impart “knowledge” and “enlightenment”
        Here is one that I would really like you to focus your “edjucated” mine on:
        Should it be mandatory to teach elementary school children gun safety?

  9. Who are you calling pendejos? You stated, “American minds are still enslaved in ignorance.” Who are you deriding exactly?
    You have no credibility. For an educated math math math person, your QED is borderline absurd.

    • Those who deny historical facts, aka those who are enslaved in ignorance, it’s them I am calling pendejos.
      If someone wants to argue the earth is flat and is the center of the universe also, in other if they want to deny the facts, they are pendejos also.

      • Hola Tres Amigos: there are hundreds if not thousands of anecdotal references to Aztec ritual sacrifices other than Castillio’s, including some from the survivors of conquered tribes who witnessed them.
        In reference to MeXicano’s book, refuting Aztec ritual sacrifices: I know little Spanish, so is the spelling of ‘revisionist history’ the same in both languages?
        I have several books written by learned professors from several countries that say that Hitler’s holocaust against the Jews is a hoax, like MeXicano’s book says that Aztec ritual sacrifice was.
        So which is which, amigo? Is he the pendejo . . . or am I, and who’s to judge?
        And Tres Amigos, did you know that O.J. Simpson really didn’t murder his wife and Ron Goldman that night? Yes, I have a friend who is a prof. at USC who has proof that it was a drug draler who did it, using O.J’s shoes! It’s all in his his latest book too.
        Anyway, gracis’ por not calling me un pendedjo anymore, but could you tell your little amigo, MeXicano, not to, por favor? I think he’s a good candidate for the Brown Berets with his mental state and all, if he isn’t already a member.
        If not, I’ve got a couple souvenir berets from Anaheim’s  infamous  ‘Battle of Ceasar Chavez Park’ back in the day, that I could send. The blood should come right out.
        Always ready to help build inter-racial harmony!
        Yer Gringo pal, Ferrari Bubba 

  10. Your article states:
    If you don’t like that the US, for the vast majority of its existence, has had institutionalized racism, first in the form of slavery, and then “separate but equal” (hey, what’s so racist about that, it’s equal right?), poll taxes, and now with Arizona legalized racial profiling as laid out on line 37, page 1, of SB1070 (yes I have read it), if this truth gets to you, then tough luck!

    This is directly from SB1070, page 1, lines 36-46:
    A PERSON IS PRESUMED TO NOT BE AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES IF THE PERSON PROVIDES TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR AGENCY ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
    1. A VALID ARIZONA DRIVER LICENSE.
    2. A VALID ARIZONA NON-OPERATING IDENTIFICATION LICENSE.
    3. A VALID TRIBAL ENROLLMENT CARD OR OTHER FORM OF TRIBAL
    IDENTIFICATION.
    4. IF THE ENTITY REQUIRES PROOF OF LEGAL PRESENCE IN THE UNITED STATES BEFORE ISSUANCE, ANY VALID UNITED STATES FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ISSUED IDENTIFICATION.
    Can you explain how this clause legalizes racial profiling??

    • From the state legislature’s office, SB1070
      http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s.pdf
      Line 20:
      B.    FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON.
      Line 37
      E. A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, WITHOUT A WARRANT, MAY ARREST A PERSON IF THE OFFICER HAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON HAS COMMITTED ANY PUBLIC OFFENSE THAT MAKES THE PERSON REMOVABLE FROM THE UNITED STATES.

        • Well then go to Line 25 in that version.
          My argument is that people who argue against ethnic studies simply don’t like the facts that are being taught, they would rather overlook some of the injustices that are well-documented in US history.
          Why are you in favor of banning history from being taught in ethnic studies? Let me hear your stronger argument (to challenge my weak argument) for banning these education courses. I will hear you out also.

        • and since it appears you are associated with the UA, are you calling for a shutdown of those history courses also, like chinese history, mexican history, native american history, jewish history, etc.?

          • Again, your logic is off. I never said I supported HB2281 or SB1070. Your method is to place [your] words into someone’s mouth then argue against it. This is neither effective or powerful. Sorry.
            Also, lines 24-27 reads:
            WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO AND IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON.
            Again, I ask you, how does this legalize racial profiling?

          • How does it not legalize racial profiling?
            No, seriously. Tell me what the ever-dreaded illegal alien typically looks like. What is supposed to give me, as a police officer,  “reasonable suspicion” that a person is actually not human at all but an evil, horrid, rape-obsessed, drug-abusing, crime-committing, potentially bilingual (Jesus, how unamerican!) illegal?
            Would it be their accent? Their skin color? Wild guesses on my part? What if the girl who just made my smoothie over at Ye Olde Jamba Juice Shoppe up and said “Have a good day, eh?” Should I make sure she’s not a secret Canadian abusing her student permit to just squander the opportunity for an American college drop-out to make my stupidly named, high calorie beverage?

          • A police officer cannot stop an individual based on race. Read the law. Where in the law does it legalize racial profiling? Of course racial profiling can occur, but it occurred before SB1070 and will occur post SB1070. There’s no utopian wonderland. As a US citizen, one would be protected by the Fourth Amendment. Have you checked the immigration laws of Mexico?

  11. Hola Tres Amigos: The operable words are:

    1. REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS

    2. PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE

    3. A Law Enforcement Officer, without warrant, may arrest a person

    So, what’s your point?

    Yer Gringo pal, Ferrari Bubba

    • They may arrest a person who they think is not a citizen.
      First of all, one is innocent until proven guilty. There is no national ID card, nor does a citizen need to carry identification at all times.  If you want to drive, yes you need a license, but you don’t need documentation just to simply exist.
      Many US citizens have been arrested for failure to provide a birth certificate when being pulled over. This is wrong also.
      How do you define “probable cause” or “reasonable suspicion” in a way that doesn’t racial profile, which as you know is against the law.

      • “Many US citizens have been arrested for failure to provide a birth certificate when being pulled over.”
        Being a scientist and mathematician, can you provide a valid reference for this statement?

        • Sure can.
          http://washingtonindependent.com/55686/aclu-sues-sheriff-joe-arpaio-for-arrest-and-detention-of-u-s-citizen
          Also look up a Channel 3 story less than a month old about a truck driver on I-17 who showed all necessary documentation, but since he had an accent the police officer demanded a birth certificate, and since most of us don’t carry that with us at all times, he was arrested.  That’s recent news.
          There was also a cover story about this in the AZ Daily Star a while ago on this very issue, including the deportation of a mentally challenged US citizen whose family couldn’t find him after he was dropped off in Mexico.
          I can also provide examples were this has happened in my own family, but I’m sure you won’t believe it, so there are a few articles for your education.

      • Hola Mi Amigos, Tres: Si’, thank God we’re in the U.S., where we are innocent until proven guilty, not Mexico, which still operates under the old Nepoleonic Law, where everybody is guilty until somebody proves that they are innocent, such as in auto accidents.
        I know, because I had a nasty experience halfway down the Baja with the law. Sanborns saved my Gringo azz on that one.
        Plus of course, the usual $10 bribe to the Policia.
        One thing that we were told. Never tell anyone in Mexico that you’re a cop up in the states. They’ll shoot you and everyone in the car down like dogs in the street.
        Yer pal, Ferrari Bubba

  12. You stated: “Many US citizens have been arrested for failure to provide a birth certificate when being pulled over.” Only one of the two things you cited had anything to do with a birth certificate. Many? Again, your logic and argument are weak.

    • That’s just quick references, and there are many more, but even one is too much… what is your justification for deporting a US Citizen simply because they don’t carry their birth certificate on them at all times?
      But let me ask you the question… what exactly is reasonable suspicion… how does a cop just look at someone and determine their citizenship status in a way that is not racial profiling?

      • As there are “many more” examples, please educate me by providing them. Can you provide an example where a US Citizen was deported for not carrying a birth certificate? On a different note, it is obvious that I’m not arguing in favor of SB1070, but rather I’m showing your lack of credibility and mental weakness. A famous mathematician (not you) once said, “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”

        • http://azstarnet.com/news/national/article_bb3e8df1-650e-548e-9d84-0bb523680db2.html?mode=story
          There are documented cases going back over the years of this happening over and over again… notice the article above talks about deportation, not just being detained. I also know of my own family members that have been deported even though they were born here, but I know you won’t believe me, so there’s at least one source above.
          I know I must know you, or you know me, since you have made this personal… you must be in the EEB department or associated with Bio5 or something?
          Either way, my statement is true. The US has deported US citizens, many more than it should have since this number should be zero.

          • Pedro Guzman, the man mentioned in the article you cited above, signed a document agreeing to a voluntary deportation to Mexico.

      • If an officer pulls someone over, and they are unable to provide any of the identification that is requested, then would’nt it be reasonable to be suspicisous that they do not possess it because they cannot possess it?
        There you go, reasonable suspicion. Race not included.

  13. Bubba,
    when were those testimonials written? They were written 75-100 years after the invasion to justify the genocide of millions of Indigenous people… pendejo!
    look up Peter Hassler and read…
    Also, are you telling us of your war stories with the Brown Berets? oohhh eres muy tough eh!

  14. Yes, America has a shameful history of racism. I’m not arguing against that. But it is important to recognize that progress has been made. Argue, defend, discuss, but do it right and with honesty. Be absolutely logical, employ only incontestable facts, and don’t speak half-truths! When one shows lack of verity in thought and speech, intelligent people begin to doubt.

  15. Jj, while we have made progress, in many ways we have regressed. Just take a look at the latest round of anti-Latino legislation in AZ. If we operate from an ahistorical position, history is doomed to repeat itself. And unfortunately right now for Raza it is…

  16. Did you know that the “Am I Not A Man And A Brother” anti-slavery medallion was created by Josiah Wedgwood, the grandfather of Charles Darwin? I’m surprised you omitted this important fact in your article.

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