The past 100 years, May 2, 2019

May 2, 2019

From the Santa Fe New Mexican:

May 2, 1919: Reports have reached the capital that in some parts of New Mexico, there were public schools where all the courses were taught in some other language than English. But such schools have no reason to exist in the opinion of the state board of education, which passed a drastic resolution dealing with the matter at its meeting held here recently. The text of the revolution was given out for publication today and is as follows:

“The law of our State is mandatory in its provisions to the effect that all branches of learning taught in our schools be so taught in the English language, and in this regard it properly interprets the spirit and purpose of our institutions. This does not exclude the teaching of foreign languages, which indeed is … commendable, but it certainly is opposed to the establishment and maintenance of primary schools where all branches of study are taught in a foreign language, and where the language of our country, which is the English language, is only incidentally taught.”

May 2, 1969: The man who burned Joan of Arc (Ingrid Bergman) put the torch to his 30th victim, a Cavalry officer, last night at the J.W. Eaves ranch, south of Santa Fe.

He is Ira Anderson, director of special effects for “King Gun,” on location here.

“Don’t say I burn them,” Anderson suggested. “I set them afire.” He’s been setting show people afire for more than 20 years and enjoys his work so much, he’d work for nothing if it came to that.

May 2, 1994: If gubernatorial candidates were to honestly answer the question, “What are you going to do about the public schools?” the candidate might very well respond, “Nothing. It’s not my job.”

In New Mexico, the governor is far from having control of the state’s public school apparatus.

Instead, state governance of the schools is spread around among the Legislature, the governor and a mostly independent state Department of Education, which is directed by a low-profile, 15-member board.