In a state as diverse as California, with all the social, historical and economic issues that arise from our rapidly changing demographics, the idea of offering an ethnic studies course in public high schools is more than a nice notion; its critical to imbuing students with an understanding of their own history and that of others.
A bill now working its way toward the governors desk would do something about that, requiring students to take an ethnic studies course for graduation, most likely replacing a semester of geography. Thats a good thing. History has for too long been told by the winners, who have often left out the unsavory and sometimes tragic aspects of the story.
But ethnic studies courses have little chance of succeeding if they dont stem from a strong curriculum that challenges students to read, listen, gather facts, analyze those facts and think critically about the controversial issues that will naturally arise.
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