Washington PESB Ethnic Studies Letter

The ethnic studies discipline is represented by a wide spectrum of potential content and curriculum guidelines. While some teach ethnic studies in an inclusive manner, others teach Liberated Ethnic Studies, which uses a critical theory lens and promotes division and discrimination. FAIR supports inclusive ethnic studies programs that offer students an apolitical, holistic and comprehensive historical perspective of the ethnicities discussed. The Washington Professional Educators Board is considering a proposal to provide an effective “rubber stamp” of approval for Liberated Ethnic Studies teacher training programs, which would violate the Washington constitution. FAIR sent a letter to the Board pointing out how the proposal would violate the law, and urging the Board to vote to oppose the proposal.