Largest US Public University System Requires Ethnic Studies

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CUNEYT DIL | Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Ethnic and social justice studies will join English and science courses as graduation requirements at California State University, after the Board of Trustees at the nation’s largest four-year public university system approved the idea Wednesday.

The change made amid the national reckoning over racism and police brutality will take effect in three years and represent the first change to the school’s general education curriculum in over 40 years.

Meanwhile, the state Legislature is considering a bill to require ethnic studies, a more narrowly focused proposal that wouldn’t count social justice classes. If passed and signed by the governor, the measure would overrule the action by California State University, a possible scenario denounced by school leaders as an intrusion into academia.

The Assembly has to review minor amendments before the bill could be sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The plan approved by California State University trustees allows students to choose from a wider array of ethnic studies topics to fulfill the course requirement than the Legislature’s bill. It lets students take courses on social justice that explore issues such as the criminal justice system and public health disparities.

“It’s grounded in ethnic studies, but it is broader, more inclusive, gives students choice,” Chancellor Timothy White said before voting in favor of the change.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a San Diego Democrat and former professor, authored the Legislature’s bill. While trustees and legislators agree on the need for more ethnic studies, Weber and supporters of her proposal say the mandate adopted by the university system is weaker because it allows social justice classes.

“This is not a requirement for ethnic studies,” trustee Silas Abrego said ahead of the vote. He was one of the few members to vote against the plan, saying the ethnic studies faculty was not consulted on the proposal. He favors Weber’s bill.

Her bill would take effect in the 2021-2022 academic year and require students to take one course focusing on Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans or Latina and Latino Americans.

The university’s proposal would take effect in the 2023-2023 academic year. The university’s plan would cost $3 million to $4 million, while the bill is estimated to need $16 million for implementation.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, who sits on the Cal State board, voted against the proposal. He spoke in favor of the bill’s approach to the four ethnic groups.

As chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, Weber has written that her legislation was prompted because the university was too slow on setting a requirement after announcing ethnic studies plans almost five years ago.

She noted the California Faculty Association supports her bill. The association, which represents 29,000 faculty members at California State University, has said the aim should be teaching students about the experiences of minorities and people of color in the U.S.

Trustee Lateefah Simon called the school’s proposal exhaustive and thoughtful but voted against it, saying its “social justice umbrella” approach might allow students to “forgo ethnic studies curricula.”

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  1. In sure this will solve racism and not create a reverse racism backlash against white people who have never been racist in their lives. I’m sure this is not George Soros propaganda headed by the cabal to indoctrinate and rally the use of America contractions heritage and embrace the globalist Marxist Utopia where our overlords will inspire us with great visions of unity and humanity. Instead of evil freedom which people clearly cannot handle, we must embrace our dear supreme leader blue whale supernatural is it in every way as speaking I knew how to tell the terrian government will be highly illegal for the sake of the people.

    Yes, I am sure America amongst the nations of the world will be singled out and instead of studying slavery that happened in every single country on the face of this Earth throughout human history, we will only pay attention to what happened hundreds of years ago with a Democrat party leading the KKK.

    I’m sure more statues will topple and more government buildings will go up in flames as this new generation of woke children will command Jesus like behavior out of the multitude of jobs.

    Say something wrong on Twitter, you’re 40 years of teaching thousands of people math will go up in flames because you engaged in wrong think. If you do not share the same consensus that killing babies is righteous for women’s rights, adapting pedophiles into the alphabet peoples umbrella of propaganda, you will be an outcast of society.

    Is this really about teaching American history and race cultures and diversity? No, it will be pure indoctrination of the evils of the whites.

    We will not pay attention to the last ten thousand years of human history, he will not pay attention that every single KKK member since their founding were voting Democrats. In fact none of this is a secret and you can do your own research I see their history.

    oh but that was then and this is now and it’s all different now right?
    Remember that time Hillary Clinton was best friends with Richard Byrd? He was actually a grand wizard of the KKK, Hillary even spoke at his funeral.

    so in other words if you’re Democrat it’s okay to be a grandmaster of the KKK, all is forgiven, however, if you said something that was unsaved during 30 years ago in this you woke America, you will lose your job but also your career.

    Nothing to see here folks, just the radical left trying to overthrow America and instill their own social dictatorship we’re all must comply or else face the consequences.

    What can possibly go wrong?
    (Written on an Android with speech to text, there may be things that don’t make sense but you get the picture anyways)

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