An October issue from btw discusses the recent laws four states made to promote Asian American and Pacific Islander education in the article, “AAPI History Required in Illinois Schools.” Illinois, Ohio, New York, and Wisconsin are the states who have passed or are going through similar legislation to require AAPI history in the school curriculum. However, although it is a requirement, it is up to the district and/or schools to decide on the extent of content that will be taught. Political figures and sociology experts agree that this change is for the good because it combats ignorance and mistreatment of the AAPI community. The rise in anti-AAPI violence has also motivated states like New York to pass similar legislation.Do you think more states should promote this type of education?
I think that these initiatives taken are a right step into the right direction. Unfortunately, ignorance within our country may lead to division, discrimination, and even violence. Learning about each other’s culture and history is important because our country is diverse, thus understanding is vital. It would be interesting to see if more states follow along.