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Proposed Mandatory Ethnic Studies Curriculum is Too Liberal, Even for California’s Liberal Media

Proposed Mandatory Ethnic Studies Curriculum is Too Liberal, Even for California’s Liberal Media

By

kara

August 20, 2019

It seems California liberals have outdone themselves this time. Later this month, officials in California will decide whether to mandate Ethnic Studies as a high school graduation requirement. The 350 page curriculum proposal has received over 5,000 official responses, with many slamming the plan as anti-Semitic and politically motivated. “Ethnic Studies also examines borders, borderlands, mixtures, hybridities, nepantlas, double consciousness, and reconfigured articulations, even within and beyond the various names and categories associated with our identities,” the introduction to the curriculum reads. “People do not fit neatly into boxes, and identity is complex.” Talk about word salad! Other key highlights of the proposal include labeling capitalism as a “form of power and oppression,” and repeating the use of bizarre liberal jargon such as “misogynoir,” “cisheteropatriarchy” and  “hxrstory.” The proposal also provides a one-sided definition of the anti-Semitic BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement, calling it a “global social movement that currently aims to establish freedom for Palestinians living under apartheid conditions.” While there are numerous references to white supremacy and racism against Hispanic and black communities throughout the proposal, it omits any reference to anti-Semitism or how to combat it. Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel said “It really reflects an anti-Jewish bias. It’s pretty outrageous that it omits anti-Semitism.” Even the liberal LA Times took issue with the proposal, slamming it as “groupthink” and “politically correct” in an editorial. “The state is in danger of letting its students down… a current draft of the model curriculum, drawn up by a committee of teachers and academics and headed to the State Board of Education, is an impenetrable melange of academic jargon and politically correct pronouncements. It’s hard to wade through all the references to hxrstory and womxn and misogynoir and cisheteropatriarchy… Too often the proposed ethnic studies curriculum feels like an exercise in groupthink, designed to proselytize and inculcate more than to inform and open minds. It talks about critical thinking but usually offers one side and one side only.” Well if you’ve lost the LA Times in your journey to brainwash and manipulate high schoolers, you might as well call it a day. Anti-Israel propaganda must be called out for what it is. After facing heavy backlash, the California Department of Education plans to make many revisions to the proposal. Pushing back against the Left’s attempt to control education in the classrooms where young minds are most impressionable is key to taking back our country.

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