California Ethnic Studies Act Removes Whitewashing From History
For the publisher: California is finally the first state to make ethnic studies a requirement for graduating from high school. Kudos to Governor Gavin Newsom for signing this bill.
As an indigenous Maya and father of two teenagers in public schools, I know it will help my children learn more about our history and the contributions of the various ethnic groups that have built our country, as well as the injustices we have. suffered by the white “colonists”. . “
While this is not the silver bullet needed to address inequalities in the education of Latino students, it will help eliminate racism and provide a platform to share the rich contributions of our ethnic communities to the Golden State. It will also help ease the common pain people of color experience as our history has been whitewashed.
I am thankful that our children are finally discovering the good, the bad and the ugly of our American history.
Luis Alfredo Vasquez-Ajmac, Redondo Beach
For the publisher: So close, but so far.
The new law on ethnic studies is desperately needed. White students and students of color will benefit from learning how the historic racial barriers facing certain groups in this country have shaped current American society.
Unfortunately, it is not until 2025 that all public high schools will have to offer an ethnic studies course. This time lag and the requirement that course material be subject to public scrutiny leaves a huge opportunity for those who view ethnic studies as a source of division to thwart their effectiveness.
These opponents do not concede that systemic racism has played a preponderant role in the development of this country and that its roots continue to grow to this day. It is ironic that the need for a requirement for ethnic studies is directly proportional to the opposition it has generated.
Agustin Medina, Pasadena South
For the publisher: If indeed the goal of education is to provide every student with the tools to live morally, creatively and productively, our children and our society are best served by requiring lessons in two fundamental subjects that continue to be ignored: ethics and personal finance.
The value of ethnic studies is paltry in comparison.
Mario Tapanes, El Segundo
For the publisher: I’m glad Newsom signed the bill mandating ethnic studies, which is already required in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
But before economics replaced grade 10 social studies electives in the high school curriculum in the mid-1980s, ethnic studies were at most LAUSD high schools. From 1972 to 1984, I taught Mexican-American Studies at Theodore Roosevelt High School.
In 1970, United Teachers Los Angeles required all LAUSD schools with a majority of Mexican American and African American students to offer ethnic studies. Teachers have long known the value of ethnic studies to our diverse student body.
John Perez, North Hollywood