New Ethnic Studies Model In California Cause of Concern For Pro Israel Advocate

Laurie Cardoza Moore, a recognized national voice in the fight against antisemitism through her organization, Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN), is calling for California to vote down the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum being considered for adoption in March for the state’s school system of more than 6 million students.

“The course literally erases the positive contributions of the Jews from history,” she noted in a statement issued today, adding: “Of equal concern is the curriculum’s direct singling out of Jews for enjoying racial privilege. Sitting in their classroom, Jewish students are potentially a double target. First because they are Jewish and considered part of white privilege, and secondly, as Jews, they are perceived as purported villains through their association with Israel. Anti-Zionism is built into these studies to the extent that, if approved, it would present students with a picture that demonizes Israel as an apartheid settler-colonialist Nazi-state.”

The Ethnic Studies Model curriculum being presented bears little resemblance to the initial proposal for its development as a course to build bridges of understanding between people groups. It was originally projected to be an opportunity to teach students about the accomplishments of people groups and ethnic minorities, as well as address the issues of inequality and bigotry. “Something went terribly wrong,” notes Cardoza-Moore. “In one sample lesson, students are presented as positives a list of historic American social movements that include the antisemitic Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, Criminal Justice Reform, and the BDS Movement for Palestine described as a ‘global social movement that aims to establish freedom for Palestinians living under apartheid conditions.’  Unfortunately, the primary goal of BDS—to eliminate Israel—is never mentioned.” 

“California has long been the petri dish for liberal curriculum that systematically is adopted nationwide. Like the state itself, California study courses are becoming increasingly more radically left leaning to the detriment of conservative values or traditional Judeo-Christian values across the nation,” noted Cardoza-Moore.

On March 17 the State Board of Education in California will vote on adopting the model curriculum in Critical Ethnic Studies, that if approved would impact students K-12. 

Cardoza-Moore added in closing: “We must halt the approval in California of this Critical Ethnic Studies curriculum! With antisemitism on the rise dramatically in America, in the current climate of unrest, we must consider what’s at stake should this material reach our children’s study courses on the national level.” 

PJTN will be launching a national media campaign, as well as an online petition to sound an alarm across the country. The organization has produced a video short to educate viewers on social media. This can be viewed at: 

In 2020, PJTN launched a national activist campaign, “Taking Back America’s Children,” which has since impacted educational agenda on a state-by-state basis across America.

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