The Indiana Department of
Education (IDOE) announced today a new landmark ethnic studies course and
standards for Indiana schools.
Per recently passed
legislation by the Indiana General Assembly, beginning in the 2018-2019
school year, all corporations will be required to offer ethnic studies as a
one-semester high school elective course at least once per school year.
the educational leader of one of the first states to mandate a curricular
offering focused on the study of the rich heritage of ethnic cultures in the
United States, I am excited for students to have the opportunity to be
taught historical perspectives, respect, and responsiveness of a diverse
population,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, state superintendent of public
instruction. “I want to recognize and thank the leaders who realized the
importance of such an opportunity and acted accordingly.”
As an offered course,
ethnic studies will provide Indiana students the opportunity to broaden
their perspectives concerning lifestyles and cultural patterns of ethnic and
racial groups within the United States. IDOE created the new ethnic studies
standards in partnership with educators and local cultural awareness leaders
throughout the state.
For more information
regarding ethnic studies standards, including resources and support for
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