Ethnic Studies Articles

June 21, 2022

A group favoring what it calls Liberated Ethnic Studies is trying to re-introduce antisemitic and other controversial content by selling an ethnic studies curriculum “under the radar,” as they themselves put it.

June 9, 2022

What do the “liberatory” ethnic studies curriculum infiltrated into Los Angeles County public schools and the 1619 Project have in common? The former is anti-Jewish and anti-American, the latter anti-American and anti-Jewish.

May 24, 2022

Similarly, our cover story this week by Lori Lowenthal Marcus, which digs deep into the California Ethnic Studies curriculum, is another case of fighting smart. 

May 9, 2022

Napa Schools Reverse Course on "Liberated Ethnic Studies Contract"

Days after the Napa Valley school board approved a $38,000 contract with the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Coalition, the school district decided not to move forward with the arrangement.

April 12, 2022

An influential committee of University of California faculty that oversees academic admissions requirements is proposing that UC set criteria and content for high school ethnic studies courses similar to what the State Board of Education rejected two years ago as divisive.  

March 29, 2022

The proposed new admissions requirement will require that each prospective UC student complete a high school ethnic studies course that will likely be in line with a model curriculum that is openly antisemitic.

February 17, 2022

Will these classes help students? We looked to established programs in Holyoke and San Francisco to find out.

October 28, 2021

The resolution stated that “reports of white supremacist, antisemitic, anti-Jewish, and anti-Israeli graffiti, bullying, harassment, and violence on SDUSD campuses has been on the rise in recent years such that administrators, teachers, and student leaders need updated and readily available training and resources to prevent and address antisemitism in all its forms” and acknowledged that “anti-Zionism and anti-Israel bias can descend into antisemitism when they promote demonization, discriminatory double standards, and/or delegitimization of Israel and its existence.”

October 13, 2021

I have praised and criticized Newsom, both in these pages and elsewhere. But he deserves credit for two actions that may provide a tremendous opportunity for California’s Jewish community and represent important steps forward for the relationships between ethnic, racial and religious communities. 

October 8, 2021

After a prolonged and contentious debate over ethnic studies education in California, Massachusetts is taking steps to introduce its own legislation, raising concerns among Jewish community leaders over how such a curriculum will be created and eventually implemented.

August 16, 2021

The curriculum authors, who define Zionism as “a nationalist, colonial ideology,” claim that there is a “current apartheid in Israel” and that Israel’s “settler colonialism” has “pedagogical importance” and therefore must be included in California’s ethnic studies curriculum.

July 13, 2021

Malveaux’s anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist views are not unique—in fact, they are shared by many others in the discipline of Ethnic Studies, including at her own institution.

June 25, 2021

Jewish groups expressed concern over Malveaux being named as the dean of Cal State LA’s College of Ethnic Studies.

April 13, 2021

It is no secret that the Jewish community in California is divided over the final version of the legislatively-mandated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC), which was unanimously approved by the State Board of Education last month. 

March 18, 2021

According to Gabe Stutman, editor of the Jewish News of Northern California, the final draft “includes two lessons on Jewish Americans and part of the [International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance] definition of antisemitism (not the Israel part).” 

March 8, 2021

Yesterday, the End Jew Hatred (EJH) Movement, a grassroots civil rights movement fighting Jew-hatred, held at a protest at the Federal Building in Los Angeles, where I was honored to be one of the speakers. The reason for the EJH protest? The proposed Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) and the continued rise of systemic Jew hatred in academia and education.

February 25, 2021

In August 2020, after a spring and summer filled with anti-Semitic attacks from the far-right and the far-left on synagogues, businesses, institutions, college campuses and against Jews across the United States, Brooke Goldstein, the founder and executive director of the Lawfare Project, published an article in Newsweek titled, “The Time is Now for a Jewish Civil Rights Movement.”

February 5, 2021

The statement, which was spearheaded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, said that recent articles in Jewish publications about the ESMC “have often misrepresented and misinformed on many of the details of the issue, its progression and the ongoing advocacy work that all our institutions are doing.” 

January 29, 2021

Thirty-five academics sent a letter to the California State Board of Education and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond on January 21 questioning the alleged benefits of the proposed Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC).

January 26, 2021

“[I] f I were a Jewish child in a school using this curriculum,” reads a public comment from a clinical psychologist at UCLA about the California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC), “would I feel called out, that I deserve to be shamed and isolated and that any bias, prejudice or hatred directed against me or my ethnic group would be deserved and justified?”

October 8, 2020

Recently, the California Department of Education (CDE) released the second draft of its Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) for high school students, nearly one year after the original ESMC was released to the public.

June 14, 2022

Some assert the Jewish community should still pursue the religion-free, “neutral” public realm that Richard John Neuhaus described in his book, “The Naked Public Square.” 

May 26, 2022

Those celebrations were premature. It appears now that the proponents of the earlier version, the folks peddling “liberated ethnic studies,” twisted the Governor’s words into a strategy for infiltrating the same anti-Jewish material into California’s public schools. 

May 12, 2022

A group of Jewish public-school parents and teachers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the adoption of anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist curricular materials in Los Angeles public schools

May 6, 2022

The Napa Valley Unified School District, which oversees 27 schools attended by some 16,500 students, approved the $38,490 implementation contract with the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Coalition during its regular meeting on April 21.

March 29, 2022

A law mandating the course for all public high school students is based on two unreplicated studies that distort the data

February 23, 2022

As the first school district to formalize a relationship with LESMC after Governor Newsom signed the bill mandating an ethnic studies graduation requirement, the Castro Valley school board’s decision was particularly sobering for the Jewish community.

January 20, 2022

The agreement sets out a yearlong plan for teacher training and curriculum development from the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Coalition, an educational consulting outfit that the school board called “one of the most well reputed” providers of ethnic studies training and development in the country.

October 20, 2021

The most important existential threat to the Jewish community is neither Iran or intermarriage. Rather it is our increasing political and cultural isolation, and the resulting hostility that we face from both ends of the ideological spectrum.

October 10, 2021

After years of debate, including over material some deemed antisemitic, class to become mandatory for high school graduation; some Jewish groups laud the move, others still opposed

October 6, 2021

The LA Times Editorial Board believes AB 101 is flawed but can be rehabilitated. It cannot. Governor Newsom must veto this bill, for good.

August 9, 2021

California legislators must open their eyes to the unintended but inevitable consequences of AB 101, and the dangers they pose for California students.

June 28, 2021

For those of us who have watched the ongoing ethnic studies debate in California education circles rage over the last several years, the news that Cal State LA’s new College of Ethnic Studies has named a longtime ally and supporter of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as the school’s first dean seemed like a cruel joke.

May 14, 2021

Bias and prejudice existed then, and it exists today in California, in the form of an assembly bill that deals with an early draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC). Never was there a better time to prevent prejudice from entering our schools. Here is why:

March 22, 2021

It took four years of negotiations, dozens of rewrites, more than 100,000 formal public comments and countless slights, slurs, micro-aggressions and cross-cultural insults. But California finally has an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for our public school students. 

March 17, 2021

Ethnic studies is an academic field that grew out of the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF), a student movement formed at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 1968. TWLF wanted “a university that was more diverse, less Eurocentric and ready to prove that it valued people of color and their perspectives.” 

March 8, 2021

The “Teach Love Not Hate” protest, which was sponsored by End Jew Hatred, Yad Yamin, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and The Lawfare Project, among others, took place in front of the West Los Angeles Federal Building on Wilshire Boulevard.

February 23, 2021

Jewish organizations are patting themselves on the back for eliminating egregious anti-Semitism from California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) and for making sure that the Jewish experience is appropriately included in it. They have indeed done a great job. So are we done here?

February 3, 2021

A significant faction in this particular academic field institutionally promotes anti-Zionism and discriminatory boycotts against Israel.

January 27, 2021

As the state awaits a final vote on California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum in a few short weeks, the controversy surrounding the educational plan  has seized the Jewish community’s imagination — and its fears.

September 25, 2020

As the public comment period on California’s revised draft of an Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) draws to a close, Jewish organizations are mobilizing to address what they perceive as the draft’s failings.