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The Sacramento Bee: How Can Public Schools Address The Challenges Faced By California’s Various Ethnic Communities?

Date: September 8, 2019
By: Dan Schnur
Source: The Sacramento Bee

“A good curriculum would prepare students for meaningful discussions”
Ling Ling Chang - California State Senator (R-Diamond Bar)

As the only Asian American female in the California Legislature, I certainly understand the positive impact ethnic studies can have on our students. However, we need to actively engage all communities to ensure that all ethnic studies programs are inclusive, accurate, and informative.

The last thing we need is a deeply flawed curriculum that includes any form of anti-Semitism, uses obscure jargon, or excludes communities that have enriched our state.

A good curriculum would prepare students for meaningful discussions about all ethnicities. It would also teach empathy and challenge students to be critical thinkers.

There’s an old adage. Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. We need to teach students how to think for themselves, setting them up to be self-reliant, civic-minded members of society.

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