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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

LA Times editorial (ethnic studies)

California keeps pushing the envelope in its public schools, this time with a course that links capitalism to “white supremacy” and suggests students research the Black Panthers to learn more about politics.

(UPDATE: The Washington Times reports the California Board of Education has scrapped its Ethnic Studies Curriculum over allegations of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias)

 The state’s proposed Ethnic Studies Curriculum is an eye-opener even by California standards, since it not only woos students with left-wing propaganda but introduces words such as “hxrstory” instead of “history” and “womxn” instead of “women.”

The curriculum, now approved by the Democrat-led legislature, would require all California students to take the course to graduate. 

A draft of the curriculum is now in a public comment period before it it eventually approved by the State Board of Education. 

Greg Burt of California Family Council points out ethnic studies course caught the attention of the Los Angeles Times, which blasted the curriculum as an “impenetrable mélange of academic jargon and politically correct pronouncements” in an editorial.

“You know that it’s bad,” Burt tells OneNewsNow, “when the L.A. Times editorial board says that the ethnic studies curriculum feels like an exercise in group think."

Burt describes the course as “flat-out indoctrination” with no room for a student to disagree, and his complaint is backed up by none other than the Times editorial. It points out how students are encouraged to “advocate” for the “voting rights of undocumented immigrant residents” by lobbying a city council or school board for that legal right. 

But what about opposing views? The editorial warns that “there is there is no mention here — or just about anywhere in the curriculum — of students who might dare to disagree with the party line.”

California flagThe editorial continues to take issue with the one-sided lessons, pointing out that a “suggested list of social movements” seems “awfully one-sided” to the Times.

How one-sided is it? The editorial mentions the Black Panthers and the Third World Liberation Front as examples for students to study. 

“This curriculum feels,” the editorial mildly warns, “like it is more about imposing predigested political views on students than about widening their perspectives.”

"Nowhere in the curriculum," Burt says, "does it even indicate that there's a different position or that students are allowed to disagree with the party line."


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