Ethnic Studies in US schools
The National Education Association (NEA) adopted in their last annual meeting in Chicago, July 2022, a resolution (NBI 13) in support of teaching the Palestinian narrative in K12 schools in all the 50 states. The NEA is the largest labor union in the US: It represents 3,000,000 teachers in elementary, middle and high schools. Some school districts in California are already introducing “Ethnic Studies” courses for 9th graders teaching the Palestinian narrative. Without presenting side-by-side also the Jewish perspective, teaching will now become indoctrination. My new book “Ethnic Studies in K12 schools: The Jewish module” presents the Jewish perspective. It can be read and downloaded for free at:
Tell the teachers at your school and the board members of the school district. Propose to include the book as Recommended Reading in “Ethnic Studies” courses taught at the schools. It will always be available for free reading and download, for all: teachers and students.
Alternatively, students can use the book “La raíz del conflicto árabe-israelí y el camino hacia la paz” (Spanish edition): This book is available for free reading and download at:
To maximize accessibility, both books are also available at Amazon as nicely-bound paperbacks and as eBooks.
Jaime Kardontchik, PhD (Physics)
Silicon Valley, California
The above is a letter I am lately sending to teachers in high-schools in the US. If you live in the US and agree with the above, copy and paste (or write your own letter and book) and send or hand the letter to the teachers. Talk to teachers in your local school district. Let them know your concerns and your proposed solution: side-by-side presentation and discussion in class of both narratives.
Let your voice be heard.
Do not let a bunch of misguided teachers indoctrinate your children, who are minors, into hating the Jewish State. Indoctrination at young age is dangerous. Forced indoctrination is even worse and can leave an indelible impairment in children. We are talking here about forced indoctrination. In California – and soon in other states – your child will have to take the “Ethnic Studies” course, a mandatory course, otherwise he/she will not be able to graduate and the path to higher education will be closed.
Fight for your rights, as a parent, and for your child’s rights: Forced indoctrination against the will of parents and children is a violation of Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 26 states:
“… Education shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups …
“… Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children”.