Thursday, October 21, 2010

Teachers sue Arizona

According to CNN, there is a new law in Arizona that...
...authorizes the superintendent to stop any ethnic studies classes that "promote the overthrow of the United States government ... promote resentment toward a race or class of people ... (or) advocate ethnic solidarity instead of treatment of pupils as individuals."
Eleven Tuscon teachers are suing the State of Arizona over it.

Actually, it seems to me that the law is very poorly written. What does "promote the resentment toward a race or class of people" mean? Could a neo-Nazi student of German descent file suit to stop Arizona from teaching about the Holocaust because it could "promote resentment toward Germans?

Could someone of Japanese descent file suit to prevent the teaching about Pearl Harbor because it might promote resentment toward Japanese?

Could a white supremacist student file suit to stop Arizona from teaching about American slavery because it could promote resentment against White people?

Could a Muslim student file suit against Arizona to prevent the teaching of what happened on 9/11 because it could promote resentment against Muslims?

How can such vague wording get past an entire legislature? The law sounds like a gold mine for lawyers!  (Hat tip: Kevin).

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