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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Saturday, January 5, 2013

Precious Knowledge presented by Fielding Graduate University Winter Educational Series

An illustration of students and their teachers’ epic civil rights battle with lawmakers and public opinion in an effort to keep their classes alive

SANTA BARBARA, CA, JANUARY 4, 2013: Arizona lawmakers believe Tucson High School teachers are teaching victimization, racism, and revolution in their Ethnic Studies classes.


Meanwhile Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies Department have data showing that almost 93% of their students, on average, graduate from high school and 82% attend college. The Dos Vatos Production team filmed a year in the classroom to find out why the Mexican American Studies program is so popular with students, so misunderstood by the public, and discover what actually happens in the classroom. Fielding Graduate University is proud to present a free and open to the public viewing of Precious Knowledge Thursday, January 10 from 7:00- 9:00 pm at the Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. The movie illustrates an epic civil rights battle as students and their teachers’ battle with lawmakers and public opinion in an effort to keep their classes alive. Following the movie, an interactive discussion led by Fielding doctoral student Ms. Gloria Gutierrez and Fielding professor Dr. Placida Gallegos. “Our goal in showing this film is to evoke discussion about what happens when curriculum is marginalized due to cultural basis,” stated Ms. Gutierrez about the upcoming movie screening.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.fieldingeducationalserieswinter2013.eventbrite.com

Precious Knowledge is a co-production of Dos Vatos Productions, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), produced in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and Arizona Public Media, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

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