Speak up on social studies standards
To the editor:
Catrin Wigfall, a Policy Fellow at Center of the American Experiment, reported the following:
“Less than half of high school students in St. Paul Public Schools are proficient in math and reading but will be required to take a critical ethnic studies course before they can graduate.
The graduate requirement will first apply to the class of 2025, who will take the one semester class as 10th graders in the 2022-2023 year, according to school communication. Course requirements will include: identity, intersectionality, race, white supremacy, systemic oppression, and transformation and change. The school board approved the requirement in December 2021.”
The Minnesota Department of Education is currently reviewing the third and final draft of our state social studies standards, which now includes ethnic studies. The process can take up to 24 months.
Social studies originally included history, government and citizenship, geography and economics. If approved, the new program would be required for grades K-12 in our public schools.
However, freedom of speech exists in each local school district. The voices of those who oppose the ethnic studies course concepts will need to be heard around the state.