Apparently a section that calls for students chanting to Aztec gods was not enough to dissuade the California State Board of Education from approving a sweeping new progressive curriculum.
The board last week unanimously approved what is being billed as the nation’s first statewide ethnic studies curriculum, a whopping 900-page document that aims to teach California’s public high school students about the oppression of people of color.
It tackles Black and African American, Chicano, Native American and Asian American studies.
Its approval paves the way for the legislature to draft a bill that seeks to make it mandatory in the Golden State’s public education system.
The Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum had received a massive amount of criticism in the years leading up to its approval, but apparently that doesn’t matter much in a state like California.
“We are reminded daily that racism is not only a legacy of the past but a clear and present danger,” Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond reportedly said. “We must understand this history if we are finally to end it.”
The Associated Press reports:
Crafting the curriculum took three years, drawing more than 100,000 public comments as different groups objected to being left out or misrepresented. Public comment that preceded the board’s vote drew about 150 callers, many of whom asked the board to reject the curriculum and echoed the heated debate that took place throughout its drafting. The loudest criticism came from Jewish and pro-Arab groups who accused each other of trying to silence each other’s histories.
In response to its approval, the AMCHA Initiative condemned its passage. The initiative, which combats anti-Semitism, said in a news release the curriculum is politically motivated “and will likely incite hate and division among high school students.”
The group also noted that more than “100 university scholars and academics recently argued that the curriculum ‘contains numerous empirically false and politically-motivated claims about the educational benefits of ethnic studies.’”
As The College Fix has previously reported, there had also been concerns that the curriculum frames Jews in terms of “white privilege.”
Others protested the curriculum because of its emphasis on critical race theory.
The introduction and overview to the curriculum discusses critiquing oppression in history from lenses such as “patriarchy, cisheteropatriarchy, exploitative economic systems, ableism, ageism, anthropocentrism, xenophobia, misogyny, antisemitism, anti-blackness, anti-indigeneity, Islamophobia, and transphobia.”
By teaching that “people are divided into either oppressors or oppressed groups, based solely on their skin color,” and that “white people have all of the power and non-white people have none of the power,” critical race theory creates a “divisive classroom environment that fosters resentment and bullying between students of different races,” Lori Meyers, an educator affiliated with Educators for Excellence who had lobbied against the curriculum, told The College Fix in January.
And according to a report in the World Socialist Web Site of all places, the curriculum even excludes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and downplays his civil rights movement….