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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Training School for Reconquista

By Jennifer Solis

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.


Blogger Walter Moore said:

The Aztec language and base-20 math? Now THAT sounds like a plan for success!

June 01, 2006 10:55 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The Aztec language that the school teaches, Nahuatl, isn't dead. It's widely used by Hispanic gang members in California prisons.

Google the words "NAHUATL" and "PRISONS" together for more info.

June 02, 2006 2:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The azteca language is used everyday - chocolate, tomato, metate, even the word yankee is a nahuatl word, it means stranger.

June 02, 2006 5:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter, before you mouth off on the pre-columbian cultures of this land, do a little research. Your school, Princeton, has one of the most coveted collections of pre-columbian art and artifacts. This base 20 math was responsible for building the pyramids - perfectly aligned with the stars. Even our country's forefathers admired these civlizations - that's why Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. For further proof, take a look at your dollar bill. In the back, right next to that flat top Aztec pyramid - get out your magnifying glass - there is a nopal cactus. This cactus is native to Mexico's central valley, not Egypt. Go ahead, take a look.

June 02, 2006 5:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is disturbing that a publicly funded school would base its pedagogy on the teachings/philosophy of the Aztec Empire.
It ranks as one of the most repressive, stratified, and cruel societies to have existed.
Do the reading.

June 02, 2006 7:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


What a moron. I did do the reading, along with the reading of the Spanish Inquisition at the which was around the same time. Take history in it's context fool. Henry the VIII was beheading his wives at around this time also. And the european invaders were practicing biowarfare way before Saddam. Then again, if it is white, it is right.

June 02, 2006 7:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yankee is a Nahautl word!
You just got to love it. I guess we don't need to study Latin after all.

June 02, 2006 3:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

According to the links below, the origin of the word "yankee" is not known for sure, and the idea that it may have originated among American Indians is just one among many.




June 03, 2006 4:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I must have been sleeping in class when they talked about the Aztecas at Lexington. Damn Yankee (Doodle)!

June 03, 2006 12:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

how do you say "do you want fries with that" in Aztec ?

June 03, 2006 5:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The word yanqui is nahuatl for stranger - there was even a town on the borders of the Aztec domain called Yanquitlan. When whites first ventured into Texas, the nahuatl dialect speaking Comanches referred to them as yanquis - strangers.

If you look up the definition of Yucatan, it means "I don't understand you" in Maya. Which is what the natives were telling the Spaniards when they first came to this peninsula and were asking what is the name of this land.

As for the Aztecs at Lexington, the founders of this country were great admirers since they were not poisoned by all the white racists rhetoric that now exists. Just like they admired the Iroquois and there form of democracy that they eventually copied.

Thomas Jefferson so much admired the indigenous cultures that he even penned the declaration of independence on hemp paper, which he produced from the hemp plants he was growing.

No wonder most scholars equate ignorance with racism. Once again, study your dollar bill.

June 04, 2006 10:05 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There was no place in North America called "Yanquitlan." There was a place called "Yanhuitlan," however. Anyways, what evidence is there that the name of this place is in any way related the the word "Yankee?"

June 04, 2006 7:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

because when they saw Europeans, the Aztecs decided to name them after an Aztec town?

June 04, 2006 8:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This school must be shut down. Taxpayers should never pay to support brainwashing and misinformation being taught to children. Also this is a racist school. Maybe shutdown would be too nice. Burn it down or blow it up.

December 10, 2007 5:36 AM  

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