Monday, July 09, 2007

Cesar Chavez Doesn't Exist in NJ Public Schools

At least, he didn't during the time I was growing up. Out here in Cali, though, he's everywhere. Looks like the Federales are finally being pressured to change things a bit:

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers will take another modest step Tuesday toward saluting the legacy of the late farm labor leader Cesar Chavez.

The United Farm Workers founder already has his own stamp. Next could be federal recognition of the landmarks in his abundantly active life, under a bill set for approval by the House of Representatives.

"I hope . . . future generations may understand who Cesar Chavez was and the significance of his work," Rep. Hilda Solis, D-Calif., said earlier this year.

Solis' legislation gives the Interior Department three years to study sites "significant to the life of Cesar E. Chavez and the farm labor movement in the western United States." Officials will examine ways to preserve the sites and interpret them to the public.

People wonder about the differences in miseducation between the U.S. and Canada, or the U.S. and Iran. What about within the U.S. - even two somewhat liberal states like NJ and CA?

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