LOS ANGELES (RNS) — In California, where students of color make up more than 70% of the public school population, making ethnic studies an integral part of their education is, to many, a no-brainer.
That’s why the state’s instructional policymakers for K-12 are crafting what’s believed to be the nation’s first model ethnic studies curriculum for public schools.
But the curriculum, originally designed to center the experiences of Chicanos and Latino Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans, has become beset with arguments about who else should be represented. Central to these discussions is how to implement a curriculum that remains committed to the discipline of ethnic studies.
“We have been candid with folks that we need to hold some fidelity to these four