Ruth Razo signed AB 101 (Alejo bill) PETITION 2018-03-23 06:34:32 -0700Ethnic studies needs to be taught in our schools to fill in the gaps in history, literature, science, and math for our diverse student of color populations. As the country becomes increasingly diverse in cultures and races, it will behoove all students to learn the history and accomplishments of their fellow classmates and community members.
High school teacher of English Language Development and Chicano Literature.1,042 signatures
I support AB 101 (Alejo) which would require school districts to provide students with a statewide, approved A-G, ethnic studies curriculum.
California has one of the largest and most diverse student populations in the nation. Ethnic minorities account for over 71 percent of the student population, with more than 90 languages spoken in District schools.
Given California’s annual increase in diversity, it is especially important that students build knowledge of the various racial and ethnic groups in our state. Incorporating ethnic studies courses into standard high school curriculum is a means to accomplish this. In doing so, students gain an encompassed outlook on other cultures while learning respect and tolerance. Additionally, it provides students with the opportunity to learn about their respective culture in the context of California’s history.
Developing ethnic studies programs in public high schools is an integral part of cultivating a classroom environment that is accepting of diverse cultures. It is vital for young people to learn about their history, but also important for them to feel like they can change their communities in positive ways. This bill will help close the achievement gap by reducing student truancy, increasing student enrollment, reduce drop-out rates, and better prepare Californian youth to be college prepared and career ready.