California High School is trying to prepare for the generation of students who have graduated without an understanding of the ongoing conquest and the plight of people of color and other marginalized groups. Now, the state is making it mandatory that all high school students take a course on “ethnic studies” to graduate.
Government Gavin Newsom The bill was signed into law after gaining widespread support in the California legislature Los Angeles Times The report said in a statement from the governor’s office that ethnic studies would “help expand educational opportunities in schools, educate students about the different communities that include California and increase students’ academic engagement and achievement.”
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The program will focus on the history of black, Latino, Native American, Asian and other marginalized peoples.
“The inclusion of ethnic studies in the high school curriculum has long been delayed,” the assemblyman said. Jose Medina (D-Riverside), who drafted the bill. “Students cannot fully understand the history of our state and nation without the inclusion of the contributions and struggles of Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans. He called the approval “a step in the long struggle for equal education for all students.”
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The law has sparked much controversy as part of a broader national debate surrounding the inclusion of critical race theory in education.
Under the law, 2030 class students, who will begin high school in the fall of 2026, must pass at least one one-semester course. And, by 2025, all public high schools will have to offer such a class.
Many schools are already on the way to offering these courses. Several schools and districts already offer ethnic studies, such as the Los Angeles Unified School District which already makes it necessary to graduate.