YEO Policy Books 2015 Policy Book - Page 40

Institutionalizing Ethnic Studies into SFUSD Origin: San Francisco Unified School District Link: Click here Summary: Passed unanimously at the end of 2014, this resolution provides every high school student in SFUSD with the opportunity to enroll in an Ethnic Studies class by the school year 2015-2016. In addition to expanding the class offering to all high school students, the Board resolution encourages district middle schools to infuse multiethnic and multicultural material throughout the 6th-8th grade curricula and to further explore institutionalizing Ethic Studies coursework as a graduation requirement in the future. Talking Points & Important Information: • Historically, Ethnic Studies emerged from social movements in the 1960s as students, educators, and scholars of color pressed school districts, universities, and textbook companies to produce and offer curricula that reflect the diversity and complexity of the United States population. In line with movements of the time, particularly the civil rights movements in the United States and liberation movements in the Third World, the push for an anti-racist, multicultural curricular reform was guided by a demand for the inclusion of histories and paradigms focused on the evolving issues of race, cultural, power, and identity. • The educational purpose of Ethnic Studies is three-fold: 1) to provide students with opportunities to receive quality education and urge educational institutions to open their doors to more students of color; 2) to define “quality education” as one that is relevant and directly connected to the marginalized experiences of students of color; and 3) to serve as a bridge between formal educational spaces to community involved, advocacy, organizing, and activism. • Our partners at the National Education Association pulled together this report on the academic and social value of Ethnic Studies. For additional resources on integra ѥ