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MVLA looks to implement mandatory ethnic studies course for all freshmen

Original post made on Oct 1, 2021

Teachers and administrators support offering a yearlong, required course. Board members appear generally supportive, though no formal vote has been taken. Staff expect to be present a proposed curriculum to the board in the spring.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 1, 2021, 9:46 AM

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Posted by Tal Shaya
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Oct 1, 2021 at 11:19 am

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"Offering a mandatory...?"

Something this is mandatory is not "offered," it's required.

Even the language they use to describe the program is weasel words.

Please leave your politics at home. It doesn't belong in public schools.

Posted by Randy Guelph
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Oct 1, 2021 at 12:11 pm

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Tal, can you elaborate on what you mean here by "politics" with respect to this curriculum?

Posted by Brian
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 1, 2021 at 12:57 pm

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I do hope the proposed curriculum is made public and carefully reviewed by the community. AB 101, if signed by the Governor, would allow school districts to use any curriculum including the anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli curriculum that was first proposed as the state standard.

(Web Link

I certainly hope during a time where we have seen a rise in antisemitism is on the rise and Jewish students in American colleges are under attack, figuratively and sometimes literally (Web Link that whatever curriculum is introduced doesn't further this trend.

Posted by ivg
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 1, 2021 at 5:15 pm

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Brian, I think that's exactly what Phil Faillace meant in his comment.

Posted by Raymond
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 1, 2021 at 10:16 pm

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Close attention by skeptical parents is definitely needed. The district would better attend to the relatively low numbers of students reaching grade level in Math & English before forcing students and staff to spend time on "ethnic studies". Maybe an extra Math or English course? Maybe an economics course?

Posted by Nora S.
a resident of Rex Manor
on Oct 2, 2021 at 10:09 am

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Agree with Tal here. "Offering" and "opportunity" are not the right words to use when discussing a new mandatory requirement. The fact that these weasel words are being used are indicative of spin. Why is there spin? Because it is controversial to add requirements to the curriculum.

Even if one supports the idea of ethnic studies courses being offered (which I emphatically do), adding new any course *requirements* is a questionable move. High school students already have a heavy load of required courses. What is going to be dropped in order to accommodate this new requirement? How about allowing it to replace a required history course? I challenge the school board to put their curriculum where their mouth is, by finding another course to drop in favor of this important new class.

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