Standardized Ethnic-Studies Curriculum for High Schools to Be Studied

Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times, June 2, 2014

Students in Santa Monica High School’s ethnic-studies class took on a touchy subject recently when they analyzed enrollment in Advanced Placement courses. Despite the school’s diversity, most of those taking the college-level classes were predominantly white and from affluent backgrounds, the students found.

Their findings didn’t come as a complete surprise. The students had studied racism in education and housing, and they suspected that all ethnicities wouldn’t be equally represented. The next step was to find a way to change it.

The AP survey was a real-life lesson in ethnic studies, an approach that teacher Kitaro Webb said exemplifies the goal of the program. That is, to create bridges between people and spur students to become active participants in the world around them, Webb said.

“The whole point of ethnic studies is American at its core,” he said. “It’s about civic engagement, responsibility and fighting for what you believe in.”

It’s exactly this kind of course that California lawmakers are hoping to replicate throughout the state. A bill approved last week by the state Assembly requires the Education Department to form a task force to study how best to implement a standardized ethnic-studies curriculum in high schools statewide. The legislation now is in the Senate.

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Opponents of ethnic-studies classes say they are divisive and foster resentment among students.

Supporters say the classes teach students about long-neglected slices of America’s cultural heritage by exploring different perspectives in literature, history and social justice.

About three-quarters of the 6.2 million public school students in California are nonwhite. Latinos make up 53% of state enrollment.

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A revision of California academic standards, which must be approved by the state Board of Education or directed by the Legislature, could cost school districts millions of dollars because it would probably require new courses, staff and materials, according to an analysis by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. {snip}

Still, lawmakers believe the governor would support the legislation. (A similar bill was vetoed in 2002 by then-Gov. Gray Davis.)

In recent years, ethnic-studies programs on California college campuses have been hit by budget cuts; professor positions have been unfilled, class offerings and majors reduced, eliminated or folded into other programs. Most UC campuses and other universities, however, require undergraduates to take a class in racial, cultural, gender or religious diversity.

Many voluntary classes exist in school systems across the state. In 2013, about 100 schools offered 435 ethnic-studies courses, and about 4,380 students enrolled in them, according to the Education Department.

San Francisco Unified offers five ethnic-studies courses, including Defining Racism and Reconstruction to Jim Crow, at four high schools.

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  • Jesse James

    The hypocrites in government should apply the standard they used to throw Christianity out of the schools. Leave ethnic studies to be taught by families and local community organizations. It has no place in the public school systems, especially when they can’t seem to get students up to basic competency in reading, writing and intermediate math.

  • propagandaoftruth

    Jeez. Wouldn’t want to teach them math, sciences, composition, maybe real history…

    That stuff’s hard! Let’s talk about all our problems and blame everything on evil Whites.

    Much easier than studying.

    • True, but it makes them feel good about themselves and allows them to escape responsibilities for their failures. It’s why I always say homeschool or find a religious academy that is not awash in Marxist approaches to life.

    • TruthBeTold

      Schools are nothing but experiments to test theories and the kids are the lab rats.

      • California is frequently the first to test new, goofball educational theories. “Whole Language” learning there created a generation of functional illiterates.

  • Samuel_Morton

    Since they are being taught that whites are the cause of all inequality, wouldn’t eliminating whites be the natural way to “fix” the problem? Genocidal logic.

    • dd121

      On the more liberal web sites I repeatedly post that whites are hated by liberals and they make us the whipping boys for everything they hate or disagree. And further we pay most of the taxes and take all the blame. I don’t know if I started a trend but I’ve started to see that repeated by other posters. It gets deleted after a few hours but at least some of these liberals are being told that there are at least a few of us who don’t accept their condemnation.

      • Usually Much Calmer

        Way to go, man!

        I’ve been big into microactivism lately. It works.

        • dd121

          Never heard the term but it seems to apply. The conversation on liberal sites is starting to change.

  • ncpride

    They can hold these whine fests all they want in any school in America, and the result will still be the same 50 years from now. It’s so much easier to blame White people for their failure rather than have an honest conversation about what’s really at the heart of the issue and that’s GENETICS. Whine, complain and finger point all you want, fools, but you will still be at the bottom, because no matter what, you can’t change our very DNA and we will beat you every time at every level.

  • MekongDelta69

    Students in Santa Monica High School’s ethnic-studies class took on a touchy subject recently…

    To leftists, TRUTH is always ‘touchy.’

    The whole point of ethnic studies is American at its core.

    NO – it’s brainwashing and indoctrination ‘at its core.’

  • JackKrak

    How long before we have AP classes in Feminist Marxist Lesbian Chicano Theory for 11th graders?

  • connorhus

    Another way to add more indoctrination to the schools and hire even more minority teachers that Whites will be forced to pay for. They did it tot he colleges and now want to take on the secondary schools as well.

  • Tarczan

    “San Francisco Unified offers five ethnic-studies courses, including Defining Racism and Reconstruction to Jim Crow, at four high schools”

    We have to start the brainwashing early.

    • There was a story on amren within the last few months that detailed Obama’s plan to have the diversity training start at age 4. I believe it included gender diversity. The outbreak of trannies among 5 to 10 year old boys and girls and the school’s responses to these cases tells me that the next frontier in white genocide involves turning our youths into trannies in large numbers. Obama is one evil piece of excrement, as are those involved in this sickening madness.

      • LHathaway

        There are 700,000 transsexuals in America.

  • Danimalius

    So the next generation’s crop of Mestizo activists will be radicalized on your dime. If only America had its own version of ethnic studies a century ago, we may have avoided losing this country. The future ethno-state for whites in North America must remember to not repeat that mistake by omission.

  • dd121

    All very nice. Do they study the accomplishments of European Americans? We’re a pan-ethnic group. As I recall, we accomplished just about everything we refer to as American.

    • JohnEngelman

      The less justified a manis in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause.

      – Eric Hoffer

      • Wholly Unconvinced

        And how justified is a man who claims all excellence for another race, religion, nation and their holy cause I wonder ? Double edged sword, those quotes of yours, Engelbuddy.

        • JohnEngelman

          As a race realist I evaluate different races on the basis of their characteristics, rather than whether or not I am a member.

      • dd121

        That’s a very chilling quote, but in it’s way shows the real mindset of the leftists.

        • JohnEngelman

          The quote comes from Eric Hoffer’s book “The True Believer.

          In his book Eric Hoffer says that extremist movements on the left and the right are similar in that they attract people who are dissatisfied with their lives and themselves.

          He said that this is also true for religious movements.

          The book is about political and religious fanaticism.

          Those who are satisfied with themselves do not bore people by going around shouting, “We’re number one! We’re number one!”

          • dd121

            Generalizations usually have their exceptions. I’m a very enthusiastic supporter of our civilization yet I’m very happy. My motivation comes from wanting to pass down what the founding fathers handed us, to my children and grandchildren. The left on the other hand often strikes me as a religious movement. It seems wholly intolerant, similar to Christianity in the middle ages.

  • Luca

    News article from the year 2114:

    After $250 Billion and 50 years of research, educators are still baffled over racial achievement gaps. Study suggests racism, White privilege, discrimination, zip codes, global warming and the legacy of slavery may be the cause. Leaders stress the need for further studies and more spending on after-school programs, pre-school programs, bi-lingual teachers and more classes on cultural, trans-gender, diversity studies.

    • JohnEngelman

      There is also an urgent need for more courses in self esteem.

    • dd121

      A lot of things are puzzling to liberals.

  • JohnEngelman

    In recent years, ethnic-studies programs on California college campuses have been hit by budget cuts; professor positions have been unfilled, class offerings and majors reduced, eliminated or folded into other programs.

    – tephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times, June 2, 2014

    I am glad. Anyone who wants to study that nonsense should do so on his own in a public library.

    • I have long suspected that those ethnic grievance studies majors were tailored from the beginning to allow dysfunctional NAMs to feel good about themselves by acquiring college degrees, but without the need for them to do any genuine academic work. I simply can not imagine any other reason why someone would assume a great deal of student loan debt acquiring a B.A. in one.

      • JohnEngelman

        What one learns in black, Hispanic, gay or women’s studies is that blacks, Hispanics, gays, or women have been oppressed, and that they deserve more than they have in life.

        The only thing one could possibly acquire in one of those majors is good written and verbal skills. The coursework requires term papers and essay exams.

        In an era when those with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees often have difficulty finding permanent jobs that offer decent incomes, and good benefits, a degree in ethnic studies is worth than useless. It is a red flag to a potential employer telling him that the applicant is likely to view life with a sense of entitlement and personal grievance.

        • I doubt the good written and verbal skills will be forthcoming from them. We read here recently that grievance majors in the University of California system were decrying the expectation that their spelling and grammar be approximately literate as a racist “microaggression”.

  • WR_the_realist

    I’m so old that when I went to high school they taught real subjects.

    • IstvanIN

      I was thinking the same thing. We had grammar, arithmetic, social studies, reading, science, penmanship, etc.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        I remember having to translate passages from Julius Caesar’s Gallic War into English when I was in HS, but that was a long time ago.

      • WR_the_realist

        In high school I learned calculus when clearly I should have been learning that the white male inventors of calculus were evil.

  • LHathaway

    “Opponents of ethnic-studies classes say they are divisive and foster resentment”

    Ethnic studies or no ethnic studies, fighting for what you believe in or just going along by rote: it’s all anti-white. Always has been, always will be. Any claim that it’s not anti-white and is instead about tolerance went out the door sometimes in the 1960’s.

    • “Opponents of ethnic-studies classes say they are divisive and foster resentment”.

      Those are the whole point to racial grievance studies classes. They’re features, not bugs.

      • Kenner

        Frankfurt Skoo.

  • MBlanc46

    The whole point of ethnic studies is anti-American at its core.

    • LHathaway

      I disagree. The whole point of every social studies class K -12 in this nation is to be anti-white and anti-white male. Challenging one particular ‘ethnic studies’ program does nothing to change that. One might possibly argue that ‘objecting to these ethnic studies programs’ lends respectability to the other courses. Respectability that they do not deserve. Kind of like saying, ‘hate crimes aren’t so bad or that numerous in this country’. when in reality hate crimes are quite numerous?

    • MooTieFighter

      Being older, I do remember studying other ethnicities/countries/religions. Back then we were all so like minded that we could discuss the advantages of our own people, society and like minded religious ideology. It made us proud to see and understand how those of us that were so like minded had become so successful, hard working and productive. It made me want to do the same. Now we are bowing down to every other ethnicity, religion, and way of life. The truth is our original American way of life is what got us here. The divisions we are taking now is what is going to destroy us.

      • MBlanc46

        I’d broaden that point just a bit. I’d say that it’s Western European civilization that’s got us where we are. Alas, our younger people (I’m on the older side myself) have been taught to despise that civilization.

  • Dave West

    “Supporters say the classes teach students about long-neglected slices of America’s cultural heritage by exploring different perspectives in literature, history and social justice.”

    Sounds to me like more useless stories about how General MacArthur’s Filipino cook “contributed greatly” to the winning of WWII.

  • ViktorNN

    This what you get when white liberals and hispanic racial chauvinists are the majority and run a state.

    You get publicly funded classes especially designed for the new non-white majority, and white kids get their noses rubbed in their new minority status.

    California is the future of every state with large non-white populations which are headed toward becoming majorities.

    White liberals – your children will hate you for giving away your country!

  • dcc2379

    Instead of taking the class, I can teach it in a minute. Whites bad. Brown people good. Republicans hate anyone not rich. Racism caused everything. Vote for Democrats!

    • I still remember some of the better conspiracy theories I heard as an undergrad:

      “Noodles are naturally green but white males bleach them to remove the nutrients.” (Huh?!?)

      “Reagan will cancel the 1988 Presidential election and become dictator.” (Reagan looked pretty much worn out in his second term, like he wanted to retire.)

      “The methyl isocyanate disaster in Bhopal, India was actually a US neutron bomb test.” (At a chemical plant that by an amazing coincidence was producing methyl isocyanate.)

      “Mandrake and jimsonweed are natural, safe abortion drugs.” (Technically almost true; once the mother has assumed room-temperature, pregnancy ceases to be an issue.)

      “Eating meat is racist.” (Huh?!?)

      I suspect I could do a pretty good job teaching one of these classes. Or writing for “The Onion”.

    • Mrfinoni

      A+

  • dd121

    And that’s only the short list.

  • MooTieFighter

    If their going to do it, I say make it all field trips. Don’t allow teachers to teach about an ethnicity, make them see it first hand. Also, let them walk into jails, emergency rooms, and businesses. Take them around neighborhoods during working hours to see what people do with their lives. No B.S., let’s make this a real world class.