Teaching about Aztlan isn’t easy. Neither is teaching writing. People tend to associate writing with mean teachers who couldn’t be pleased and so they tense up at just the thought. Plus. most people haven’t heard anything about the Chicano Movement or its concepts and so I have to teach about the historical Aztlan and then I have to teach about Aztlan as the source of power inside all of us. I called him the Bear-Man.
So, because of the challenges, certain classes and students have stuck in my head. One particular class really challenged me to frame my thoughts. One very large man simply didn’t want to learn about Aztlan nor did he want to write. One day, he really challenged me. It was the last time this class would meet and I was almost certain he wouldn’t get anything out of my class.
“Ok, Teach,” he started his assault. …
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