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School board working to put ethnic studies at heart of district curriculum – The Examiner – Alison Collins

School board working to put ethnic studies at heart of district curriculum – The Examiner

Posted by on August 14, 2019

By Laura Waxmann on Aug 14, 2019

Here’s what the SF Examiner had to say about the “Equity Studies” Resolution:

“Collins said that efforts to articulate and expand an equity and social justice-based ethnic studies curriculum — which is currently offered as a series of elective courses at the ninth grade level only — have been underway in recent years, but lack the resources, “operational structures and mechanisms” for implementation.

“We have an ethnic studies department that supports ethnic studies classes — those are discrete classes kids can choose to take as an elective. There is no systemic way that we are addressing systemic bias — from teachers, bias that’s embedded in our textbooks or in curriculum,” said Collins, adding that she is seeing a ”piecemeal, opt-in approach to living out” the district’s values.

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