INDEPENDENT LENS: Precious Knowledge

INDEPENDENT LENS: Precious Knowledge

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 7:00pm

Mexican American/Raza studies students during a Phoenix protest.

Credit: Courtesy of Chris Summitt

Watch as student leaders in Tucson High School’s Mexican American Studies Program fight to save their classes. 

At Tucson High School, ethnic studies programs have improved graduation rates among Latino students. But some state politicians think ethnic studies promote “racial solidarity” and anti-Americanism. When books are banned and the programs eliminated, teachers and students fight back in a modern civil rights struggle. INDEPENDENT LENS: Precious Knowledge airs Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 7 p.m. on WXXI World (DT21.2/cable 524).