Illinois first state to mandate Asian American history be taught in public schools

Illinois first state to mandate Asian American history be taught in public schools


Illinois is set to become the first state to mandate the teaching of Asian American history to public school students.

Gov. JB Pritzker signed the Teaching Equitable Asian American History Act into law Friday, amid the nationwide rise of hate crimes against the community since the coronavirus pandemic.

“With the recent rise in acts of violence and bigotry against the Asian American community, teaching students about rich culture and important contributions of the Asian American community throughout history will help combat false stereotypes,” a Friday statement from the Democrat’s office read.

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The bill — which will go into effect at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year — requires the teaching of the community’s contribution to “government, arts, humanities, and sciences,” and the “economic, cultural, social, and political development of the United States.”

Illinois became the first state to require Asian American history to be taught in public schools.Twitter

The law mandates that “every public elementary school and

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