Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Students of the Filipino Heritage Studies class held an assembly to collect sign-ups for next year’s classes Thursday.
With these sign ups, the class hopes to show the administration just how important ethnic studies are to Logan.
Senior Jorge Ayala says, “Logan is so diverse that the needs of each color are not met. These classes help students know their roots, or else history has no relevancy to them. Diversity has needs it needs to met for culture to be kept alive.”
The assembly was organized by students who are taking the class to help others become more aware of the benefits from ethnic studies.
Ethnic Studies classes have been reported to cut down on the number of classes due to budget cuts. The students of FHS are taking a stand to keep this class and all other ethnic studies classes as a part of the school curriculum.
Junior Ben Bunal shares what he’s learned from Filipino Hertiage “People live materialistically. In the Philippines billions of people who live under the poverty line and underpaid. They try to ask their employers for higher wages, but the government gets the army and police to stop rioters from retaliating.”
One part of the presentation included a spoken word piece by Senior Jessica Limcolioc. To Jessica, “Filipino Heritage is what’s inside of me and what it means to be Filipino. I don’t think I’m a coconut.”
Senior Abby Lou Manalang goes on to add, “In this class, everyone’s equal. It all depends on who stands up. Logan’s FHS class is the only one in the nation’s high school system.”
The motto of the class is “Learn the Truth”. Senior Lucia Moreno defines this theme saying, “You have to know what you are talking about. There are two sides to everything.”