We believe that our youth must be aware of the United States Constitution and this historically evolving nation of a multitude of cultures, races, and generations. To quote Ron Osajima in his book “From Oppression to Empowerment: My American journey from concentration camp to corporate management.”
I have been fortunate to live in a country that, despite its many flaws, enables people from all over the world to pursue a better life and, if they so desire, to be friends with people of all colors.
We believe that Ethnic Studies curricula should:
- Empower students to dream big, overcome challenges, and be motivated, engaged community members.
- Build mutual respect, self-confidence, awareness, intergroup understanding, and empathy.
- Elevate ethnic groups, their backgrounds, and contributions without denigrating others.
- Openly and honestly address racism and discriminatory treatment.
- Present a range of political perspectives and approaches to bringing about change, including strengths and weaknesses of each (perspectives and approaches).
- Equip students with the skills to understand and analyze multiple points of view on relevant topics so that they can develop their own opinions and present well-articulated, evidence-based argument.
Don’t rush into a prescribed curriculum until it is balanced and fair to our multi-cultural community.
Constructive Ethnic Studies curricula can provide a balanced range of perspectives, remove the political agenda, and inspire mutual respect and dignity.