Potential ethnic-studies course in California spurned as anti-Semitic

A proposed ethnic-studies course drafted for California public schools has received major pushback because of how it treats Israel and Jewish-Americans.

 

Valerie Richardson at The Washington Times reported that, “The Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum contains sample course outlines on a broad array of minority groups, including Arab Americans — but not Jewish Americans — while promoting the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and its supporters, including Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour.”

 

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, director of the Amcha Initiative which fights anti-Semitism, said “There is something about every bigotry under the sun, like racism and sexism and ableism and Islamophobia, but nary a word about anti-Semitism. And this at a time when anti-Semitism makes up more than half of the hate crimes in America directed against religious groups.”

 

The curriculum is apparently also riddled with stabs at President Trump, capitalism, police, “US imperialism” and “cis-heteropatriarchy,” andsuggests studying “significant figures” such as convicted cop killers Assata Shakur and Mumia Abu-Jamal.

 

On August 8, the Orange County Register wrote an editorial urging the school board to scrap the draft, stating: “Teaching high school students that capitalism is oppression, without examining the outcomes of some of history’s other paths, is not education. It is leftist propaganda.” The editorial repeated later that “the entire curriculum is seething with propaganda.”

 

Rachel Kookogey is a contributor to TheRichValdes.com

 

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H/T: Washington Times