Proposed California Curriculum Riddled With Anti-Police Rhetoric, Anti-Israel Bias

By Shelby Talcott | Contributor

 

  • A proposed California curriculum with anti-Israel elements also has anti-police rhetoric.
  • The curriculum aims to teach students about police brutality and includes a poem suggesting cops sometimes “wake up with a bad case of contagious shooting.”
  • The proposal avoids teaching students about anti-Semitism or Jewish Americans and doesn’t include cases of police officers viewed positively by the public.

A proposed California schools curriculum includes anti-Israel programming and also aims to teach students a one-sided view of police officers and police brutality.

The Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, proposed by the California Department of Education, includes anti-Israel bias and aims to teach students about the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, a Palestinian-led anti-Israel initiative. The curriculum also has students study issues of police brutality and asks teachers to find incidents of bias by police in their own communities.

The “#BlackLivesMatter and Social Change” portion of the curriculum is aimed at grades 9–12, according to the proposed curriculum reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation. The purpose of this lesson is to expose students “to contemporary discussions around policing in the U.S., specifically police brutality cases where unarmed African Americans have been killed.”

The teachers are asked to discuss “a recent incident in your community where an African American has been subjected to racial profiling or police brutality.” Students are then asked to read “41 Bullets Off-Broadway,” a poem by Wille Perdomo.

The poem includes rhetoric such as “you bumped into four cops who happened to/wake up with a bad case of contagious shooting” and “Before your mother kissed you goodbye/she forgot to tell you that American kids/get massacred in gym class and shot during Sunday sermon.”

Another line reads “The mayor told them to take a few days off/and when they came back/he sent them to go beat up a million young black men.”

“#BlackLivesMatter and Social Change” doesn’t include studying cases where cops are viewed positively, and focuses on high-profile cases such as that of Michael Brown, a black man who was shot by a white cop in 2014. The officer was exonerated of any wrongdoing in 2015. One project tells students to “present both sides” of the arguments in high-profile shootings, but the lesson is aimed around teaching students anti-cop rhetoric.

“Arab American Studies” is another course outlined in the proposed curriculum. It provides “students with a comprehensive understanding of Arabs and Arab Americans.” Sample topics include “Direct Action Front for Palestine and Black Lives Matter” as well as “Call to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Israel.”

Some members of the committee which made the curriculum are BDS activists, the Washington Free Beacon reported Wednesday. Three committee members have been known to make anti-Israel remarks, according to Jewish News Syndicate, which named Gaye Theresa Johnson, Theresa Montano and Samia Shoman.

There are no teachings in the 300-page curriculum on anti-Semitism or Jewish Americans.

 

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