California’s student population is highly diverse – less than a quarter of public K-12 students are white. In ethnic studies courses, students can learn their own stories, as well as those of their classmates, Newsom said.
“America is shaped by our shared history, for the most part painful and laden with deplorable injustice,” Newsom wrote in his signature letter. “Students deserve to see themselves in their studies, and they need to understand the entire history of our country if we expect them to one day build a more just society.”
What exactly is the new law?
Assembly Bill 101 adds one semester of ethnic studies to the state’s high school graduation requirements.
This will introduce high school students to concepts that are usually reserved for the university level.
Ethnic studies originated not only on the Bay Area college campus, but also in California colleges, the California State University system, and some UC campuses.
The specifics of teaching in high school depend on the area.
The nearly 900-page sample curriculum, endorsed by the California Department of Education this year, includes dozens of sample lessons such as #BlackLivesMatter and Social Change, Chinese Railroad Workers, and US Housing Inequality: The Red Line and Race Housing Agreements.
Who is it affecting?
The first high school students to qualify for the new mandate are graduates of the 2029-30 school year. Schools are not required to offer ethnic studies courses until 2025.
This requirement applies to students in all California public schools, including charter schools. The state currently enrolls about 1.7 million public high school students.
Does anyone else do this?
Several California counties have already added Ethnic Studies to their high school graduation requirements, including San Diego, San Francisco, Fresno, and Los Angeles Unified School Districts.
In 2017, Oregon passed legislation to integrate ethnic studies concepts into existing social science courses for K-12 students. This rule differs from the California one in that it does not create a separate course focused on ethnic studies.
Who is against the law?
California has worked for many years to develop a model curriculum for ethnic studies, but early projects met with strong opposition from many quarters. Amid these concerns, Newsom vetoed an almost identical version of the bill last year.
Previous state leadership projects have been criticized as being too left-wing, jargon-laden, and promoting a “critical theory of race,” an academic concept that claims racism is ingrained in American law and government.
There was also condemnation from Jewish groups who felt that the curriculum emphasized the oppression of the Palestinians, barely mentioned the Holocaust, and other ethnic groups who felt excluded.
The final version of the state curriculum, approved in March this year, removed references to offensive Jewish groups and added lessons on the experiences of Jews, Arabs and Sikhs in America, according to The Los Angeles Times. Also touched upon were terms such as “cisheteropatriarchy” and “history,” as well as the language linking capitalism with oppression.
However, critics remain. Some supporters of the original guidelines believe that the scope should not have been extended beyond the four ethnic groups that lived in America before the arrival of Europeans.
Others consider the current version to be too radical. Williamson M. Evers, a former assistant secretary of the US Department of Education, told The Los Angeles Times that the sample curriculum is “saturated” with content that made it “racially divisive and burdened with bizarre ideology.”
As the counties in the state figure out how to implement this new mandate, the debate will undoubtedly continue.
What do we eat
The small chunks of cream cheese in these pumpkin muffins make the dish rich and creamy.
Where are we traveling
Today’s travel advice came from Barry Goldberg, a reader based in Durham, North Carolina:
I have been coming to California on vacation for over 50 years. My wife and I constantly love the Point Reyes National Seaside Resort. Walking along Drakes Beach, going up and down the stairs to the lighthouse on a clear day, and seeing the elk thule in the northern part of the park are all magical experiences. We never get tired of this place.
Tell us about your favorite places in California. Send your suggestions to [email protected] We will explain more in the next editions of the newsletter.
What do we recommend
These are 10 new books.
And before you leave the good news
This could have caught the attention of Charlie Brown: first place in the annual Half Moon Bay competition yielded a pumpkin with a whopping £ 2,191, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
Half Moon Bay, a coastal city south of San Francisco that has won the title of “Pumpkin Capital”, has hosted the competition for almost half a century.
Here’s a fun backstory from the article:
“Four-time Mayor of Half Moon Bay, Al Adreveno, 96, addressed the audience with a short story of how the city established itself as the ‘pumpkin capital of the world’.
In the 1970s, Adreveno said that he was introduced to the mayor of Circleville, Ohio, who also claimed to be the pumpkin capital of the world. The two cities challenged each other at the weigh-in, which took place in 1974 near the city hall.
He said he won Half Moon Bay by one pound. “
Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. – Sumya
PS here today’s mini crossword puzzle, and a hint: an unexpected ending (5 letters).