The Washington State Board of Education continues to move forward with a requirement to complete a course in “ethnic studies” for students to graduate. This article shares information you may find useful in assessing what the requirements will be and the details. Please take the time to dig in.
First, here’s a link to the webpage that contains the information: https://sbe.wa.gov/our-work/graduation-requirements/ethnic-studies-graduation-requirement
Second, we share a report in the press:
- The Daily wire reports: https://www.dailywire.com/news/washington-state-gears-up-to-mandate-ethnic-studies-as-its-architect-rails-against-jewish-complicity
- The Washington State Board of Education moved closer last week to requiring high schoolers to study “ethnic studies” in order to graduate–even as the activist who formally trained the board on the subject has been railing against Jews, downplaying the oppression they have faced and writing: “How do we hold white Jews who are complicit in Whiteness (racism) accountable when they use their Jewishness to try to cover their deeds?”
- At its November 2 meeting, the board reviewed a draft report that forms one milestone on the journey to implementing mandatory ethnic studies. It said, “At the 2022 listening sessions, voices speaking against ethic [sic] studies were noticeable,” but that “The Board remains convinced that ethnic studies, implemented well, will benefit all students.” Prior to the meeting, the board sought to quell a firestorm by issuing a statement that said that ethnic studies “is not… the idea that any race is superior to another; about blaming or making students feel guilty about their race or identity; [or] indoctrination.”
- In March 2021, as another part of the path to requiring students to study the field, the Washington State Board of Education voted unanimously to require its own members and staff to take eighteen hours of training from the nonprofit Washington Ethnic Studies Now (WAESN). But WAESN and its executive director, Tracy Castro-Gill, have recently been lashing out against Jews who have complained about their treatment in the curriculum and claiming that they have too much power with the school superintendent.
- Castro-Gill has played an instrumental role in making Seattle and Washington state schools some of the most politicized in the country. Earlier this year, the book “Race To The Bottom” highlighted how the “Xicanx” education activist was three-quarters white and moved her child in with a child molester.
- Castro-Gill worked for the Seattle Public Schools as its Ethnic Studies Manager until May 2020, when the superintendent said she was removing her from her job because of “unprofessional behavior.” But Castro-Gill fell upwards, gaining an influential role over statewide education instead.
- By 2022, the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) counted WAESN’s trainings as eligible for professional development credit, meaning Castro-Gill’s group was paid to provide training to teachers. And Washington State Ethnic Studies Framework, which guides the state’s engagement with the field, thanked Castro-Gill for working “with the Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee to inform the creation of the Washington State Ethnic Studies Framework and accompanying materials and resources.”
What do you think? Is this proposed requirement relevant or another indoctrination tool? Read the entire article and share as you see appropriate.