Training School for Reconquista
With all the publicity KABC Radio gave Academia Semillas del Pueblo today, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the La Raza-oriented school double or triple its waiting list. The principal of the small El Sereno LAUSD charter campus was featured on McIntire’s morning show, then interviewed by both Larry Elder and Al Rantel during afternoon drive time.
But when KABC photographer/reporter Sandy Wells tried to leave the school, after a short morning visit, he was attacked outside by one of the parents, who said he thought Sandy was taking pictures of the kids. Wells spent several hours at the Hollenbeck police station, reporting the incident, but it is unlikely that any charges will be filed, since the parent says he believed Wells to be a "snooping pervert."
The parent tackled Wells on the sidewalk adjacent to the school, and demanded the tape from Wells’ audio recorder, which the assailant, in his mid-20s, thought was a video tape. Wells says he was unhurt, but that his clothes were torn.
Marcos Aguilar, the founder and principal of the Academia Semillas del Pueblo (means seed of the village), apologized to the radio station for the incident, but not for the unusual nature of his school, which was the subject of the talk show hosts’ criticism for the past two days. He’s proud of the fact that of his 253 students, there are no Whites, Blacks or Asians. And he’ll be happy if the enrollment continues to be solely Hispanic and Native American.
“This is our land,” said the Mexicali-born educator. “It’s the White people who are the illegal immigrants.” Aguilar considers integration/segregation to be a problem of the evil capitalist culture, and he wants no part of it. To make his point, the school does not fly the American flag on its pole.
The LAUSD granted him a charter in 2002, which comes up for review this fall, and renewal in December. It is one of a hundred charter schools in the district – the number keeps growing – and if the parents at the school are satisfied with the school’s program, and it meets basic state standards for academics, the renewal will probably be a slam dunk.
ASP academic testing ranks on a par with all of the other elementary schools in the northeast Los Angeles region. But the emphasis is on historic Atzlan culture, including the teaching of Nahuatl, the Aztec language, and a base 20 math system, which has ancient roots. Aguilar wants his kids to understand the effects that astronomical and natural forces have on the human body and psyche, and how to organize cultural autonomy.
When Reconquista finally arrives, as the growing demographics of the American Southwest seem to predict, the graduates of Academia Semillas del Peublo will not only be ready, but eager to take over.