Board of Education Scraps Draft Ethnic Studies Curriculum After Uproar
A draft version of California’s new ethnic studies curriculum has been scrapped by the Board of Education after critics called it far-left and anti-Semitic.
State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond, Vice President Ilene Straus and Board Member Feliza Ortiz-Licon have issued the following joint statement on the draft Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum:
Ethnic studies can be an important tool to improve school climate and increase our understanding of one another. A model curriculum should be accurate, free of bias, appropriate for all learners in our diverse state, and align with Governor Newsom’s vision of a California for all. The current draft model curriculum falls short and needs to be substantially redesigned.
Following the Instructional Quality Commission’s review and response to all public comments, a new draft will be developed for State Board of Education review and potential approval. The Board will ultimately adopt an ethnic studies model curriculum that aligns to California’s values.
Conservatives and Jewish groups were not the only ones speaking out against the draft language. Organizations representing Koreans, Armenians, Hindus, and other groups also complained about its content.
A final version of the curriculum must be adopted by March.