Almost two and a half centuries after its founding, the United States has been heavily impacted by the contributions of immigrants socially, scientifically, economically, and politically. These immigrants range from the escapees of the Irish potato famine to the Vietnamese refugees seeking a better life in America. In fact, immigration has become such an important subject that today, Congress once again sits to reform immigration policies that will affect lives all around the globe.
The current 11th grade US History curriculum, however, neither emphasizes nor describes the contributions of immigrants - at least not to an extent that lets high schoolers understand and remember the importance of immigrants. To ignore what millions upon millions of immigrants have done for this country is both an injustice to their charity and an injustice to our own heritage. Although the summary at the top of the curriculum mentions the attempt to include ethnic diversity and rights, the only portion that does address diversity is a section on Civil Rights-era African Americans.
This is the story of us, and it's time to tell that story to our posterity.