The well-known and controversial Mexican American studies (MAS) program in Arizona’s Tucson Unified School District set out to create an equitable and excellent educational experience for Latino students. Raza Studies: The Public Option for Educational Revolution offers the first comprehensive account of this progressive—indeed revolutionary—program by those who created it, implemented it, and have struggled to protect it. Inspired by Paulo Freire’s vision for critical pedagogy and Chicano activists of the 1960s, the designers of the program believed their program would encourage academic achievement and engagement by Mexican American students. With chapters by leading scholars, this volume explains how the program used “critically compassionate intellectualism” to help students become “transformative intellectuals” who successfully worked to improve their level of academic achievement, as well as create social change in their schools and communities. Despite its popularity and success inverting the achievement gap, in 2010 Arizona state legislators introduced and passed legislation with the intent of banning MAS or any similar curriculum in public schools. Raza Studies is a passionate defense of the program in the face of heated local and national attention. It recounts how one program dared to venture to a world of possibility, hope, and struggle, and offers compelling evidence of success for social justice education programs.
|Publisher:||University of Arizona Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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About the Author
Julio Cammarota is associate professor of Mexican American and Raza studies at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Sueños Americanos: Barrio Youth Negotiating Social and Cultural Identities.
Augustine Romero is the director of the Department of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Instruction in Tucson Unified School District. He is also the co-founder of the Social Justice Education Project.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
Foreword: Committing to Struggle in Troubling Times David Stovall ix
Preface: Revolutionary Education in Tucson Augustine Romero xiii
Introduction: Paulo Freire in Raza Studies Julio Cammarota Augustine Romero 3
1 Critically Compassionate Intellectualism: The Pedagogy of Barriorganic Intellectualism Augustine Romero 14
2 Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: The Impact of Mexican American Studies Classes Nolan L. Cabrera 40
3 The Battle for Educational Sovereignty and the Right to Save the Lives of Our Children Augustine Romero 52
4 Self-inflicted Reductio ad Absurdum: Pedagogies and Policies of the Absurd in the State of Arizona Mary Carol Combs 63
5 "When You Know Yourself You're More Confident": Resilience and Stress of Undergraduate Students in the Face of Anti-Ethnic Studies Bills Andrea J. Romero Anna Ochoa O'leary 91
6 The Social Justice Education Project-Youth Participatory Action Research in Schools Julio Cammarota 107
7 Encuentros with Families and Students: Cultivating Funds of Knowledge through Dialogue Julio Cammarota Augustine Romero 122
8 Researching the Institute for Transformative Education: Critical Multicultural Education in an Embattled State Lara Dos Passos Coggin 135
9 Deconstructing the Doublethink Aimed at Dismantling Ethnic Studies in Tucson Jeff Duncan-Andrade 159
10 Expanding on Freire: Enriching Critical Pedagogy with Indigenous Theory toward a Pedagogy of Humanization Chiara Cannella 171