Poor school districts denied again

Today Gov. Quinn signed a law that would, according to his press release, require “the history of the United States taught in public schools reinforce the role and contributions of Hispanics.” It also requires that textbooks on American History include events such as “the forceful removal and illegal deportation of Mexican-American U.S. citizens during the Great Depression.”

Not mentioned, of course, is that they weren’t the only group deported or encouraged to deport. Also not mentioned was that there was a high proportion of illegal Mexican immigrants in that group we’ll soon learn about.

During the 1930’s 41% of the Mexican population returned to Mexico, voluntarily and involuntarily, but the number of Mexicans was only 236,000, compared to the much lower percentage of Germans who left, under the same conditions, yet produced a much higher number of actual departees. Only 23% of the Germans left but the number of actual people leaving was 371,000.

Perhaps Quinn should be sure to include that in his progressive law.

This same idea was proposed in California and Schwartzenagger vetoed it. He wanted general knowledge to be concentrated on. What a concept. That was what grade school was for. A good foundation. High school was to delve deeper into that foundation, general math to geometry, algebra, calculus.

Isn’t specialized study what college was for?

Teaching the Irish Famine is optional under the School Code, yet the famine Irish cleared the malarial swamps in Louisiana, built the “el,” the tunnels, laid the water and sewage pipes, dug the Sanitary Canal, etc. But again, their contributions are optional.

Forty-one percent of the Irish also left during the 1930’s. Same percentage as the Mexicans, under the same conditions. But we needn’t be sure our school children know that Europeans were targeted as well.

African-Americans escaped deportation because they were dragged here against their will, unlike Mexicans and Europeans who came voluntarily.

Personally, I’d rather have them teach us about every treaty Illinois signed with the Native Americans. I’d like to know which we violated and what reparations we gave the victims. I’d also like to know where the huge Native American population of Illinois went because we have no reservations but we had four or five tribes in Northern Illinois. Rogers Ave. in Rogers Park actually follows the treaty line with hte Pottawatomie Indians.

Did they leave the state voluntarily? I doubt it.

Can we put that in the history books Gov. Quinn?

Well, for the public school districts in Chicago and elsewhere, who don’t have current history books, I guess you’ll be missing out on this very important topic in your history classes.

I hope for their sake that they don’t have to answer questions about it on the ISAT test.That would be discriminatory in every sense of the word.

By the way Gov. Quinn, you signed a bill that cut the MAP funding for college kids in half, now you lobby to have it funded and blame its demise on the legislature. Isn’t that just a bit disingenuous?

At the same time that you are demanding the legislature fund the financial aid cut that you signed into law, you sign a bill into law that will cost the public school systems to replace their textbooks to fulfill this mandate.

We’re broke, guy. The Mexican history issue isn’t that critical, but being able to pay for college is. Where are your priorities? Would you have even considered this Mexican learning initiative if you weren’t running for reelection?

And Gov. Quinn, I would have preferred that you mandate that every single school in Illinois have current textbooks for their students, and enough textbooks for each child to have one, and that each and every school be in a building that has running water, bathrooms that work, and walls with intact paint.

You know, minor details that create an environment to learn.

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