Donald Noel is a sociologist who posits, based on his own scholarship, that the problem is not ethnocentrism itself—since all groups are, by nature, ethnocentric. Instead, the problem is extreme ethnocentrism. That is not what we are seeing in TUSD's Mexican American Studies curriculum Arizona even if they have previously used "Raza Studies" as a self identifier.
Instead it was a well conceived, college-preparatory, compassionate pedagogy that served those children and youth well—and to which all the available evidence squarely points (see previous blog posts on this). I should know. I was an expert witness in the case.
It is tragic that the state ended an excellent program that was graduating students and sending them on to college in record numbers.