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Political Propaganda disguised as Spanish Class-Aprende Middle School

 

The attached anti-George Bush propaganda piece is part of a homework assignment from a LOCAL public school spanish teacher. La Raza is not dead! It lives on disguised as foreign language class. The same Spanish teacher has also shown pro-communist propagada videos through "Brain-Pop" praising Che Guevara. This info was sent to me by a local parent:

 

From the attached Spanish lesson (this is a taste):

"Matorral esta mintiendonos" translated, "Bush is lying"

 Anti-Bush Spanish Assignment:

Page 1 - http://teach1776.ning.com/photo/spanish-marxist-homework-2?context=...

Page 2 - http://teach1776.ning.com/photo/spanish-marxist-homework-2/next?con...

The Marxist Revolutionary disguised as a Spanish teacher has refused to tell the parent what book the assignement comes from:

 

PARENT:

My concern as **** parent, is where this material originated. I would hope as a taxpayer and a parent, I would be priviledged, even obliged, to know where the material being used to teach my child is coming from.   Combined with the Che Guevera video that was shown in class, the source of this material is highly suspect.

 

Sincerely,

PARENT

Phone # ***-***-****

  

On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM, Bowens, Jadine a href="mailto:jbowens@kyrene.org">jbowens@kyrene.org> wrote:

 
Mrs. PARENT:

 

What is your concern?  This translation was an exercise to show students how the use of indirect object pronouns are applied in Spanish sentences.

 Jadine A. Bowens

 

 Note to school administration from parent about the Brainpop video

PARENT:

 "Possibly I am quibbling on semantics, but:

1: it was a video, I saw it last night on my computer at home

2: the video mentions Guevera’s ideals and political aspirations(it shows him reading a book from Karl Marx for Heaven’s sake)

3: I would think infamous would be a better reference to this villain.  I’d say he’d fit right up there with the guy who killed JFK if you want to put him in a historical light.

 

Regardless I found the video’s leaning very disturbing.  If I might suggest a very educational video, the district might consider one called “Agenda: Grinding America Down” about how the socialists have been infiltrating our education system since as far back as 1928 to destroy our nation from within."

  

Here is the link to the brainpop video about Che:

http://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/famoushistoricalfigures/chegu...

  

 PARENT:

What does Che' Guevera have to do with learning Spanish language? My husband took German language class in middle school. They didn't cover Hitler.  I took Latin and we didn't cover Nero.

You do know that Che' was a racist, right?

 From the Motorcycle Diaries, several quotes from Che' :

 

"The blacks, those magnificent examples of the African race who have maintained their racial purity thanks to their lack of an affinity with bathing, have seen their territory invaded by a new kind of slave: the Portuguese."

"The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations."

"The episode upset us a little because the poor man, apart from being homosexual and a first-rate bore, had been very nice to us, giving us 10 soles each, bringing our total to 479 for me and 163 1/2 to Alberto."

"The first person we hit on was the mayor, someone called Cohen; we had heard a lot about him, that he was Jewish as far as money was concerned but a good sort."
 

Communism itself is a vile system, not ideal in any shape or form as long as people are involved because the ones who will invariably end up in charge will always take MORE than their "fair" share.  At least with capitalism, EVERYONE who TRIES gets a fair shot. You can't account for those who don't try.

 

Anyway, I'm letting everyone in the Arizona Tea Party know the material that is being taught in this class. I'm quite sure many taxpaying citizens in Tempe will appreciate being made aware of how their money is being spent.

 

Sincerely,

 

PARENT

 

 

From: Bowens, Jadine [mailto:jbowens@kyrene.org]
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 10:37 AM
To: PARENT; Shaw, Geraldine A
Cc: Whigham, Lyle
Subject: RE: **** mom asking about video in Spanish class

 

Dear PARENT:

 

Thank you for your email expressing concern about the topic we covered in Spanish class.  I always appreciate hearing from parents whether it is a complaint or a compliment.

 

For purposes of clarification, you should know the following facts:

 

1.       The material shown was not a video but a three minute, animated “Brainpop” about the historical, Latin American figure, Che Guevera.

2.       He is one of four historical figures that we present in the animated “Brainpop” series to inform students about famous Latin Americans.

3.       There was really no discussion of any narrative from any of his beliefs or writings, only a presentation of who he was.

 

I hope that these facts help to alleviate any concerns you may have had regarding the materials we present about Latino Americans in class.

 

Educationally yours,

Jadine A. Bowens

 1-19-12

Okay, none of this tells me the origin of that worksheet that very clearly references a politician named George Bush and says Bush is a Liar. I request once more the title and publisher, or website that the page came from, please and thank you. 

 

Sincerely,

PARENT

 

On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM, Bowens, Jadine a href="mailto:jbowens@kyrene.org">jbowens@kyrene.org> wrote:

 


Hi PARENT:

 

Thank you for your email.  As I have indicated to you in the past, I always welcome parent communications, whether they are a compliment or a complaint.

 

I can assure you that our translation assignment was not referencing former President Bush or any other of our presidents or presidential candidates.  As a matter of fact, no politics whatsoever were discussed in our class.  This activity was solely based on grammar in that students were instructed to highlite or underline all Spanish indirect object pronouns in the selection and to  be sure to include them in their translation of the sentences.  When we reviewed the homework assignment together, that is also the way it was conducted.  The translation was put up on the overhead proxima, we went through the selection highliting the indirect object pronouns, discussing their placement in the sentence (according to grammar rules they have been taught in class) and finally their translation based upon how the pronoun is used in the sentence.

 

The study, use and application of these grammatical elements (all parts of speech) are part of the eighth grade Spanish curriculum approved by our board.  Teachers are free to use adopted and supplemental materials to instruct students on their use and application.  As you know, the 8th grade Spanish students have to take the TUHSD Spanish exam at the end of the year as their final and for placement in their high school next year.  These elements will be on the exam and our students need as much practice as possible in their application and use both in composition as well as oral discourse.

 

I would also like you to know that I express no political views to my students about our national leaders except to say that we should pray for them all because leading our nation is a big job, no matter what their party affiliation. I hope this alleviates any concern you may have.

 

Educationally yours,

Srta. Jadine A. Bowens, M.Ed

The school district response basically gave this mother the finger.

The offending school is Aprende Middle School

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