The first look at a new Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum includes content that is both anti-Semitic and supportive of the “mostly peaceful” Black Lives Matter movement. The Golden State’s new content even left out Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as an influential person of color, while including communist murderer Pol Pot.
According to the Alliance Defense Fund, “The curriculum erases American Jewish history by failing to include Jews in a meaningful way, and it neglects any discussion of anti-Semitism. Further, it incorporates harmful anti-Jewish stereotypes in its completely inappropriate and biased criticism of Israel in a curriculum intended to focus on American ethnic groups.”
Several examples of anti-Semitic support were noted. First, the 1948 Israel War of Independence was referred to only as “Nakba,” an Arabic term meaning catastrophe, including Arabic verses insulting to Jews.
Second, the controversial BDS (Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment) movement was listed as an influential U.S. social movement. Researchers have noted the goal of BDS is the eliminate the State of Israel — hardly a glowing aspect of American history.
Third, despite listing examples of oppression in America, including homophobia and transphobia, the growing concern of anti-Semitism was not noted. Jews were not even listed as a minority group in America.
Regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, EdSource.org noted the curriculum’s plan that, “Lessons on the Black Lives Matter movement would start with a classroom discussion of a local or national incident of police brutality.” The curriculum further states, “Students will also begin to think about how they would respond if an incident took place in their community. Students will have the opportunity, via the social change projects, to describe what tools and/or tactics of resistance they would use.”
What tactics of resistance they will use? God forbid students look to BLM for examples of “social change.” Over the past year, the controversial movement has been at the forefront of burning buildings, looting businesses, destroying historical monuments, vandalizing property, and attacking police.
We now live in a world where the most-populated state in our country will include groups conducting violent forms of resistance as part its mandatory curriculum. If we’re competing with the radical school systems in the Middle East that teach hatred of Jews, we’re on the right track. Otherwise, what are we thinking?
As the nation pleads with public schools to reopen and support its students, we cannot forget the sweeping concerning changes taking place within the content inside those school systems. Parents must stay involved and oppose anti-American curriculum that denigrates Jews and supports violent protests.
If not, we can only expect the concerning increases in anti-Semitism and violent protests to escalate. Education is the key to a better future, but only if the education is accurate. Training American students with a revisionist history has the potential to demise our future in a way that should concern every citizen.