Ethnic Studies

Education news, analysis, and opinion about the interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity
Rachel Collins teaches her students during the African American Studies course at White Station High School in Memphis, Tenn., on Feb. 22, 2022.
Rachel Collins teaches a lesson in the AP African American Studies course at White Station High School in Memphis, Tenn., earlier this month.
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Curriculum Schools to Pilot AP African American Studies Course Amid Upheaval Over Teaching Race
At least 60 schools this fall will test out a new college credit course that examines African American history and culture.
Ileana Najarro, February 25, 2022
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Curriculum Calif. Deletes Popular Affirmation From Curriculum After Suit Claims It's an Aztec Prayer
This lawsuit is one of the first major legal challenges to the state's model ethnic studies curriculum.
Kristen Taketa, The San Diego Union-Tribune, January 19, 2022
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Tatanka Gibson of the Haliwa-Saponi/Nansemond Tribal Nations leads attendees in song and dance during a gathering marking Indigenous Peoples Day at Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021.
Tatanka Gibson of the Haliwa-Saponi/Nansemond Tribal Nations leads attendees in song and dance during a gathering marking Indigenous Peoples Day at Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia.
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Equity & Diversity Census Prompts Push for More Indigenous School Lessons
American Indians and Alaska Natives say census numbers prove that Indigenous history should get more attention in public school classrooms.
Tim Henderson, Stateline.org, October 22, 2021
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The crowd at Hing Hay Park responds to speakers calls to "fight hate"and against the attacks, physical and verbal on Asian Americans during a rally to speak out against anti-Asian hate and violence on March 13, 2021 in Seattle.
A crowd at Hing Hay Park in Seattle protests physical and verbal attacks against Asian Americans during a rally earlier this month.
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Equity & Diversity Anti-Asian Violence: What Schools Should Start Doing About It
Asian-Americans are often erased from the curriculum and even from schools' social justice work. Five educators discuss how to change that.
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Mathematics Seattle Schools Lead Controversial Push to 'Rehumanize' Math
The Seattle school district is planning to infuse all math classes with ethnic-studies questions.
Catherine Gewertz, October 14, 2019
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Democratic state Sen. Ben Allen of Santa Monica, center, speaks beside Superintendent Tony Thurmond, right, at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. California’s public education chief is seeking changes to what would be the nation’s first statewide ethnic studies curriculum.
Democratic state Sen. Ben Allen of Santa Monica, center, speaks beside Superintendent Tony Thurmond, right, at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. California’s public education chief is seeking changes to what would be the nation’s first statewide ethnic studies curriculum.
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Accountability Ethnic Studies Curriculum Deemed 'Anti-Jewish'
California's proposed curriculum guide in ethnic studies is being sent back for substantial revision after a pileup of criticism that it's anti-Semitic and freighted with jargon and political correctness.
Catherine Gewertz, August 27, 2019
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Social Studies California's Ethnic Studies Curriculum, Criticized for 'Anti-Jewish Bias,' to Be Revised
California's proposed curriculum guide in ethnic studies is being sent back for substantial revision after a pileup of criticism that it's anti-Semitic.
Catherine Gewertz, August 14, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Opinion AP World History Is Not Enough. Students Need an AP Ethnic Studies Course
Culturally inclusive curricula can boost engagement and achievement for students of color, writes Suneal Kolluri.
Suneal Kolluri, August 23, 2018
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Equity & Diversity News in Brief By Any Other Name, Texas Gives Nod to Mexican-American-Studies Class
Texas' school board has given final approval to a plan to draft standards to guide a class focused on the experiences of Mexican-Americans, but in a decision that riled board members and supporters, it won't be called Mexican-American Studies.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 23, 2018
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Curriculum By Any Other Name, Mexican-American Studies Class Finally Gets Texas Approval
Texas has finally approved course guidelines for a Mexican-American studies class. But the state's rechristening of the course title has drawn criticism.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 13, 2018
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Law & Courts News in Brief Federal Judge Blocks Arizona From Banning Ethnic Studies
A federal judge has blocked an Arizona law that led to the shuttering of a popular Mexican-American history course in the Tucson school district.
Brenda Iasevoli, January 16, 2018
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Social Studies Judge Blocks Arizona From Banning Ethnic Studies Classes
A federal judge has blocked an Arizona state law that led to the shuttering of a popular Mexican-American history course in Tucson Unified School District.
Brenda Iasevoli, December 28, 2017
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Teaching Opinion Response: 'Ethnic Studies Courses Benefit All Students'
Tony Diaz, Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath and H. Richard Milner IV write about the importance of ethnic studies classes.
Larry Ferlazzo, December 17, 2017
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Education Opinion What Are the Benefits of Ethnic Studies Classes?
The new "question-of-the-week" is: What are the benefits of ethnic studies classes, and what are your recommendations for how to teach them?
Larry Ferlazzo, December 13, 2017
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