A Draft Of California’s Ethnic Studies Curriculum Stirs Controversy
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Credit: Marielena Castellanos
A draft of California’s ethnic studies curriculum proposal is out and critics are calling for changes.
The Legislative Jewish Caucus sent a letter to state education officials criticizing the curriculum for failing to include the Jewish experience and anti-semitism. Other critics believe the curriculum is politically motivated. Supporters of ethnic studies point to research, which suggests such courses could have a positive impact on students and help improve academic performance.
The public comment period on the curriculum ends Thursday. Meanwhile, state lawmakers are debating whether to make ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement.
Nina Agrawal, an education reporter with the Los Angeles Times, joined Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss the controversy over the proposal.
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