A small school district has become the first in California to enforce mandatory “ethnic studies” lessons based on critical race theory, including for preschoolers — setting aside $40 million to implement it.
The board of trustees of the Hayward Unified School District in the Bay Area voted unanimously late last month to approve the program for all grades, starting in preschool — making it a “graduation requirement” by next year.
It will is “informed by and will include Critical Race Theory and the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum,” the district said.
“Ethnic Studies is the interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity, as understood through the perspectives of major underrepresented racial groups in the United States,” the district said.
They were listed as “African Americans, Chicanx/Latinx, Asian Americans, and Native Americans/Indigenous groups” as well as “Pacific Islanders and Arab Americans.”
“This discipline contends with racism, white supremacy culture, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, and nation-within-nation relationships,” the release said.
Hayward Unified School District