Teach-In Examines Ethnic Studies Controversy
Student historians evaluate reports, compare sources, on banning of Mexican American Studies in Tucson high schools
March 06, 2012
Catherine Denial with students in Historian's Workshop
-- Reporting by Rana Tahir '13, photography by Peter Bailley
For one day in February, students in Knox College's Historian's Workshop course turned their attention from their individual research projects to a current controversy -- Arizona's ban on Mexican-American Studies classes as they were being taught in Tucson.
Assistant Professor of History Catherine Denial and the students in the course used the methods of the course to conduct a historical analysis on the recent events in Arizona, where state officials decided that the Mexican-American classes unlawfully "advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals."
The class concluded by building a timeline of events leading up to the decision, which has subsequently been appealed in court.