CAEF is pleased to have been invited to co-sponsor this important panel discussion featuring US Jewish community leaders.
Ethnic Studies is becoming a mandatory subject in many US states, a requirement for graduating from high school, yet it has been shown to be antisemitic, and has led to a serious confrontation between the Jewish community and educators and politicians in California.
Here is one definition of Ethnic Studies:
"Ethnic studies, in the United States, is the interdisciplinary study of difference—chiefly race, ethnicity, and nation, but also sexuality, gender, and other such markings—and power, as expressed by the state, by civil society, and by individuals."
It emerged in the late 1960s and is based on critical race theory. This curriculum has been banned in some states and adopted for k-12 in other states.
What are the implications for the Jewish community, especially when Ethnic studies does not recognize Jews as an ethnicity?
What will be a Canadian response when this "curriculum" moves north, as most US educational ideas generally do?