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