The California Senate Education Committee will vote shortly on AB-101, a bill that will make Ethnic Studies a high school graduation requirement. The bill, as written, would allow courses based on the harmful first draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) to be required for graduation. This draft not only was filled with violent, neo-Marxist role models, racial stereotyping, and antisemitic tropes, but also was condemned for “imposing predigested political views on students” LA Times Editorial Board
While most people support offering a broad Ethnic Studies course in high school, the only curriculum actively promoted in California school districts has been that of Critical (“Liberated”) Ethnic Studies - a more extreme version of the narrow ideologically-driven Draft 1 of the ESMC. With the passing of AB-101 as currently worded, this offensive curriculum would permeate the classrooms of 6 million CA students - and would have the impetus to be rolled out nationally. Rather than building inter-ethnic bridges and empowering students, as Ethnic Studies was intended to do, the Liberated Ethnic Studies curriculum divides students into oppressors and victims, pitting them against each other. As Asian and Jewish Americans experience a recent surge in hate crimes throughout California, including assault, vandalism, and harassment, it is dangerous and wrong to inspire more of such hatred.
Parents and all concerned citizens can fight back against this hate based political indoctrination of children by urging Senators to not approve AB-101 until they add necessary protections to the bill. To learn more parents can log onto the website of the Alliance for Constructive Ethnic Studies A diverse grassroots coalition working to remove political agendas from Ethnic Studies, enabling curricula that inspire mutual respect, fight racism, and foster balanced analysis.
Additionally, the Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR) is an additional resource for parents and all that want to join the fight against hate. The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR) is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding and humanity.
Join the fight!