Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Tucson Schools Lift Ban on Latino-Oriented Books

The Tucson, Arizona, school board has reversed a ban on seven books related to Latinos that were once used to teach a now dismantled Mexican American Studies program.

The state of Arizona had previously banned any courses that allegedly have promoted the overthrow of the government or encouraged ethnic resentment and solidarity. Despite the ban on the MAS program, this year the Tucson schools were ordered to enforce a “culturally relevant” curriculum as part of a desegregation lawsuit.

The Huffington Post reports that the Arizona Department of Education already has said it is concerned about the change.

The following books are impacted:

– “Occupied America: A History of Chicanos,” Rodolfo Acuna.
– “500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures,” Elizabeth Martinez.
– “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” Paulo Freire.
– “Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years,” Bill Bigelow.
– “Critical Race Theory,” Richard Delgado.
– “Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings of Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzalez”
– “Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement,” Arturo Rosales.

Related Links:

“Mexican American Studies Books Un-Banned in Arizona,” The Huffington Post.
“Arizona Education Dept. Liked it Better When These Books Were Banned,” The Huffington Post.