California school district curriculum now includes: How Americans appropriated Native American food
May 4, 2023
The board of California’s Santa Ana Unified School District has voted to approve two new curricula including lessons with such “essential” student questions as “How has American culture appropriated the foods of Native Americans.”
The school will now feature “Ethnic Studies: World Geography” and “Ethnic Studies World Histories” as courses this fall after the board approved the courses last week.
Any high school student can take the geography course, which will introduce concepts such as “the four I’s of oppression” – ideological, institutional, internalized and interpersonal forms of oppression.
In Unit 1 of the geography course, the curriculum states: “Students will develop empathy for the indigenous Americans who faced cultural genocide as their traditional toponyms have been corrupted and appropriated.”