Throughout the years Oakland schools have been teaching European history to students of color. Did you know that in our school textbook the word gay only is written 2 times and only talks about the gay rights movement for 1 paragraph. Hello my name is Reyna Jauregui and my topic is discrimination in our own history classes reason why we need ethnic studies to empower students of color to help them succeed by them knowing their own history. The people with the privilege is the person that decide what the students have to be learning.
I chose the topic of how history classes are discriminating people of color because as a female of color it affected me that I truly didn’t know my history. I had to learn it on my own time outside of school and it empowered me so much. I truly believe that more students knowing who they really are can help them. Also the moment i knew i had to do my topic on this was when I was in my AP english class and the students didn’t know the difference of latino, hispanic and xicanos in a class of mainly latinos, hispanic and xicanos.
The first article that I read called “We teach racism, sexism and discrimination in schools” the author talks about how, He questioning that it’s not how we teach but what we teach. We teach white history to black people. The textbooks we use are teaching racism and sexism. It doesn’t directly say be racist and sexist but we use the same textbooks we use for years and they student’s impression that one group is better than others. Only has 1 paragraph talking about the gay rights movement. The textbook and gives the impression that black people were only slaves and only a small amount of black activist are worth mentioning. Also don’t mention all the great women throughout history. Its sexist that we only empower the men through history yet females contributed so much. Implying that the female is the weaker gender. Only get 1 chapter about the suffrage. We don’t teach all type of groups to the students like latinos, muslim or lgbtq community. They only mention some things like how the jews that ran away from the holocaust but don’t mention the discrimination faced when they migrated to the US. if we don’t teach the truth we will continue to create children who are racist and discriminatory. It will also empowers students.
The second document is an academic sources called “ Ethnic studies courses to be offered at all OUSD high schools” it talks about how OUSD board voted that for next 3 years all Oakland schools will have ethnic studies. They will teach about Malcolm X, black panther party and Che Guevara. The course will give credits but it isn’t going to be on A-G requirement. They believe that their history will help the students get empowered. Helps students understand how society works. They want people who are truly passionate about ethnic studies to be the teachers. They want to build relationships and culture in classrooms.
I was able to get a news article named “ Oakland school join others in california in requiring ethnic studies” it’s about how All ousd schools required to have ethnic studies. 50 years ago schools in SF protested and walked out so that we can establish ethnic studies. They wanted a curriculum that spoke to the students by addressing race, inequality and gives students opportunities. GIves students power and makes them believe they can be like our ancestors of activist like MLK, Rosa parks and etc. Academical achievement that they will grow in social emotional learning, self-efficacy, higher graduation rate and less dropouts.
The last document was a film called I am Ethic Studies and it talked about how Normal curriculum classes aren’t giving the students the information that they need. They quizzed students about question of who are important people throughout history and important events and they didn’t know the answer. They ask students why is ethnic studies important to them and this what they said; they believe teaching people is seeing people’s different perspectives. It affects students and minority development to understand who they are and where they come from.Brings diversity in the community and also it’s important to know their own history because it tells us about ourselves. Racism still exist and these stereotypes that keeps us oppressed and informing ourselves can help me. Ethnic studies is the story of any student that has ever been marginalized and disenfranchised.
So feel free to give me as much advice as possible because i want to be able to turn in the best work i can do. I appreciate you taking your time to read everything and giving me your opinion. Feel free to ask questions.
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