Breitbart reports that the New Jersey legislature has passed an education bill that will alter the curriculum of the state’s public schools in furtherance of social justice.
The bill, No. 3601, was introduced by the state’s Democrat-led legislature back in March, and it was passed just last month.
What will it do?
New Jersey already requires public schools to teach black history. This bill would change how black history is taught in the state’s public schools.
The bill states that it “requires public schools to include instruction on accomplishments and contributions of African Americans to society.”
Among other things, it is written that “instruction shall enable students . . . to know and understand the nation’s heritage of slavery and freedom; to know and understand the impact of African diasporic cultures and institutions on the Americas; to know and understand the contributions of African Americans to all areas of American society throughout its history, beginning with the colonial period.”
The bill, in addition, would require teachers to “teach” students that “inequality is a consequence of prejudice and discrimination in the pursuit of maintaining power and dominance over certain portions of society.”
In closing, it is stated that “the instruction must also emphasize the personal responsibility of each citizen to fight racism and hatred and to uphold the national ideals of freedom and justice.”
Who is leading whom?
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Students in high schools across the region have been pushing for changes this year after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. They want schools to address systemic racism and implicit bias among staff and students.”
One student, 12-year-old Ebele Azikiwe, the president of a youth organization called Rise Against Hate, spoke at the legislative hearing for the bill.
“There is so much to share, to help awaken people,” Azikwe said. “If people were taught early we aren’t a threat but simply human it will make a huge difference.”
It is unclear whether this bill will achieve its goal. But, taxpayer money to the tune of $400,000 has been appropriated for it. Besides the changes to the curriculum, it requires the election of a chairperson and the appointment of an executive director.
All that is required now is for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) to sign off on it.