by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The California Department of Education (CDE) is set to vote on a new ethnic studies curriculum that reportedly calls for the “decolonization” of society in America and encourages students to chant to the Aztec god of human sacrifice.
The curriculum will focus on “social consciousness” and cultures that have allegedly not gotten enough attention in textbooks. That would include “African American, Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x, Native American, and Asian American and Pacific Islander studies,” according to the CDE.
“By affirming the identities and contributions of marginalized groups in our society, ethnic studies helps students see themselves and each other as part of the narrative of the United States,” the overview states.
California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum is ostensibly calling for the “decolonization” of American society so that we can “build new possibilities for a post-racist, post-systemic racism society,” City Journal contributing editor Christopher Rufo wrote on Wednesday. “SCOOP: California’s proposed ‘ethnic studies’ curriculum calls for the ‘decolonization’ of American society and has students chant to the Aztec god of human sacrifice. The solution, according to one author, is a ‘countergenocide’ against white Christians.”
Rufo also noted: “California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, based on the Marxist ‘pedagogy of the oppressed,’ instructs students to ‘challenge racist, bigoted, discriminatory, imperialist/colonial beliefs’ and critique ‘white supremacy, racism and other forms of power and oppression.”
The curriculum will be voted on March 17 and, if passed, will be taught from Kindergarten through the 12th grade.
Also included in this curriculum are chants that are meant to “bring the class together, build unity around ethnic studies principles and values, and to reinvigorate the class” after lessons.
Students are taught chants to the ancient Aztec gods in order to make them better “warriors” for social justice. One of the gods mentioned in the chants is Huitzilopochtli, who is the god of human sacrifice.