Free screening of Precious Knowledge highlights importance of cultural education

PRECIOUSKNOWLEDGEOn Tuesday, January 22, Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and several Omaha organizations will sponsor a FREE showing of Precious Knowledge, a film that highlights one of the final years of the highly successful Mexican-American Studies Program at Tucson High School and the fight to abolish the program after Arizona lawmakers abolished ethnic studies classes in 2011.

Following the 7:00 p.m. screening at the Aksarben Cinema (2110 S. 67th St.), there will be a panel discussion featuring:

  • State senator Jeremy Nordquist
  • Rebecca Gonzales of Nebraska Appleseed
  • Dr. Lourdes Gouveia from the Office of Latino Latin American Studies at UNO

The Mexican-American program at Tucson High School was a national model of educational success — 93 percent of its enrolled students graduated from high school and 85 percent went on to attend college, bucking a statewide trend that saw only 48 percent of Latino students graduate at all. The program taught Mexican and American history, as well as Central and South American literature and culture.

The fight to restore ethnic studies continues in Arizona and in other states, as education continues to adapt to a changing population.

Precious Knowledge will be shown free of charge with $1 soda and popcorn available during the screening.

Come take part in this screening and discussion on the power of cultural education.

What: FREE screening of Precious Knowledge

Where:  Arksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St., Omaha

When: Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 p.m.

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