The group responsible for developing a previously condemned and highly controversial ethnic studies curriculum has failed to "hoodwink" a number of state and national organizations with its deception.
88 concerned organizations have sent a letter to California Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond about the matter. Tammi Rossman-Benjamin of AMCHA Initiative, a group that is among the signees, says the letter asks Darling-Hammond to immediately address Save CA Ethnic Studies, the group promoting this curriculum draft in an attempt to subvert an ongoing California Department of Education process.
"It's very much from an extremely sort of radical, progressive perspective, I would say – socialist, in fact," Rossman-Benjamin tells OneNewsNow. "It's actually anti-capitalist, and it promotes Marxist revolutionaries."
Last summer, when a first draft of the ethnic studies model curriculum was presented by the California Board of Education's Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), it was met with enormous opposition from state officials and the public. Governor Gavin Newsom (D) called the draft "deeply offensive in so many ways" and promised that it would be "substantially amended" and "never see the light of day."
Now, Save CA Ethnic Studies has attempted to take advantage of the focus on addressing the COVID-19 crisis to get school boards throughout the state to rubber-stamp a resolution that was established by those responsible for developing the deeply flawed initial draft.
Rossman-Benjamin notes the biased curriculum erases the American Jewish experience, fails to discuss anti-Semitism, and reinforces negative stereotypes about Jews.
"The curriculum development process has to have safeguards … so that the drafters don't misuse this … or don't use it to promote their own political agendas," she explains.
Meanwhile, she warns that other states could possibly use the California unrevised model to draft their own ethnic studies curriculum.
AMCHA Initiative, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism at colleges and universities in the United States, monitors 450 college campuses across the U.S. for anti-Semitic activity. The organization has recorded more than 3,500 anti-Semitic incidents since 2015.