New Illinois law forces schools to teach about forced Mexican migration

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    At a time in which US student lag behind their foreign counterparts in reading, writing and arithmetic; and at a time in which 250 years of American history is taught in selective sound bites with little focus on the complexity of the event, Governor Quinn signed into law legislation requiring schools to educate students as to the forceful removal of Mexican migrants during the Great Depression.

    The law, written by State Senator, Willie Delgado (D), states, "that the teaching of history shall include a study of the events related to the forceful removal and illegal deportation of almost 2,000,000 Mexican-American U.S. citizens during the Great Depression."

    The new mandate by the State of Illinois will inevitably result in the selective removal of other historical information surrounding the Great Depression, information that will likely provide a greater educative value such as the underlying causes or the Depression and events contributing to the duration of the depression. Educators are already pressed for time in their efforts to cover 250 years of US history within a couple hundred hours and when the government mandates curriculum based more on political motivation, than historical importance, an accurate historical record is simply not achievable. While the deportation of illegal and legal Mexican immigrants during the depression is important, our children would be better served by placing a greater emphasis on the policies of the Coolidge, Hoover and Roosevelt administrations that directly affected and contributed to the severity of the depression.

    The great depression was among one of the most complex historical events in history, with causes that stem from political, economic, environmental and other issues ranging over a 3 decade period. An entire course could be committed to the studying the complexity of these events and for Illinois lawmakers to mandate an inordinate amount of time to the study of a single social event during this period is a great disservice to our children. Politically motivated mandates on education are the very reason why our education system lags behind that of other industrialized nations.

    New Illinois law forces schools to teach about forced Mexican migration

    AND IF YOU DON"T SUBMIT TO THIS BIASED MEXICAN PROPAGANDA, YOU DON"T GRADUATE!
     
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    You mean Illinois, home of corruption,graft and lies in its political leaders? Does this surprise you that they want a stilted view of history?
     
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    It also has the distinction of now being the state with the greatest amount of gang members per capita.

    THANK YOU LA RAZA!
     
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    History is history - just don't demonize the USA while teaching it. Teach the reasons why things happened as they did and let the students decide whether it was right or wrong. It would be a good time for students to debate it. If those deported at that time were born here, there is nothing right about the actions the government took. Deporting citizens for the reasons they did at that time is very different than deporting illegals. This law should NOT allow this: 'will inevitably result in the selective removal of other historical information surrounding the Great Depression, information that will likely provide a greater educative value such as the underlying causes or the Depression and events contributing to the duration of the depression'.
     
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    Its not propaganda, it is historical fact. It is good that the kids will learn about where hysteria and xenophobic scapegoating leads.
     
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    to elections ?? :lol:
     
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    That too.
     
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    Are there any other examples of laws that mandate certain pieces of history be taught?
     
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    Shouldn't these same kids learn about the quadrupling of Mexico's population from 1950 to now? And all that medical aid the US gave them so they can multiply like rats?
     
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    History will always be written from a certain perspective. There is no real way of giving an objective view. Problem with attempting to give all views is that the historical lesson soon gets lost because of the attempt to be all things to all people.

    I understand the intent behind the legislation but think that the State of Illinois is going about it all wrong. State-sponsored education is one step away from state-sponsored propaganda. If the law was written in a way that mandated educators to attempt to incorporate as many views as feasible, that would be one thing. But to mandate that they incorporate a particular view is just as bad as sticking to the traditional view alone.

    And there is a difference between teaching history that shows that we, as a nation, aren't always perfect as opposed to a view that depicts us as bad guys. I don't know if that's what this law does, but there is a thin line legislators shouldn't cross when it comes to education.
     

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