TAKE ACTION: Save Ethnic Studies

UPDATE November 9th, 2020:  Since the California Department of Education affirmed Arab American studies as a field of Ethnic Studies in August, elected officials have caved to tremendous pressure to exclude U.S. Arabs from California’s high school ethnic studies curriculum by relegating the Arab American lesson to the appendix, insisting on the inclusion of “various perspectives” on racism, and not consulting experts on the revisions to the overall curriculum. 

If the biggest education system in the United States decides Arab-American Studies and ethnic studies are a “problem”—or even worse, succumb to a campaign that would brand any mention of Palestine in public schools as de facto anti-Semitic—we’re going to face a dire precedent.

We can’t let that happen.

On November 18 & 19, 2020, the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) is meeting to consider adopting revisions to the curriculum. The public comment email has become a political football for Islamophobic and racist groups—let’s take it back, with comments from every corner of the US. Write your letter NOW to demand they reject these harmful revisions.

UPDATE August 3rd, 2020: Based on a release of revisions by the CA Department of Education, it's become clear that Arab American Studies and Pacific Islander Studies have been cut! We only have a few more days to pile on the pressure to save our Ethnic Studies curriculum—it will finalized by the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) on August 13th. Write your letter today!  

Use the one-click letter-writing tool to send a email to the CA Department of Education, Superintendent Tony Thurmond, and President of the State Board of Education Linda Darling-Hammond: Don’t shut out Arab-American experiences from students’ education in California. 

The biggest education system in the US—California’s—is about to make an incredibly consequential decision:

Will it institute a Ethnic Studies curriculum that uplifts the stories of all communities of color or reject one that includes Arab Americans—bending to the desires of pro-Israel groups who simply don't agree? 

Please submit public comments in support of the CA Model Ethnic Studies Curriculum!

For almost a year, teachers, activists, students, and community members have been struggling to convince the CA Board of Education’s Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) to keep the CA Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) intact, including the proposed Arab American studies curriculum. We have been opposed by a well-funded right-wing campaign aimed at eliminating the Arab American content and branding any mention of Palestine as anti-semitic.

That fight is now coming to a head. On August 13, 2020, the IQC is meeting to consider a revised curriculum. Arab American scholars have been shut out of the revision process. We won’t get to see the specific content until August 3, but the IQC says they are using public comment to guide their revision. They need to hear from all of us that we consider Arab American Studies a critical and integral component to Ethnic Studies!

Use the one-click letter-writing tool to send a email to the CA Department of Education, Superintendent Tony Thurmond, and President of the State Board of Education Linda Darling-Hammond: Don’t shut out Arab-American experiences from students’ education in California. 

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