Vazquez-Ramos would like the LBUSD school board to adopt a formal ethnic studies resolution. He pointed out that some school districts, including Los Angeles, San Francisco. Montebello and El Rancho unifieds, have already adopted ethnic studies resolutions.
A Chicano studies professor wants local youth to have the same exposure to ethnic studies courses that their college counterparts do.
Armando Vazquez-Ramos of Cal State Long Beach is campaigning for the Long Beach Unified School District to make the teaching of ethnic studies courses a requirement in schools.
“I think it should be incorporated, especially for the black and Latino males that are so underachieving,” he said. “There’s nothing better than to give them a strong sense of self.”
Ethnic studies courses focus on the history, culture and achievements of communities of color, such as African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Some local high schools do offer black and Latino studies classes, said Chris Eftychiou, Long Beach Unified spokesman.
“Also, the Common Core State Standards address the understanding of other cultures, requiring students to demonstrate that understanding through reading and writing,” he said.
Meanwhile, other courses, such as psychology, sociology, government, history and English, incorporate aspects of ethnic studies, Etfychiou said.
Complete text linked here.