Add real American history to US global history curriculum!

Add real American history to US global history curriculum!

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Olivia L started this petition to Department of Education and

During the coronavirus, I realized that my education had failed me in a way that I had never considered. It took me 11 years of schooling and one pandemic to fully understand that discrimination against my fellow Americans and me has always existed. 

To be American is a wonderful privilege. To be American is to be part of a country where, ideally, all people of all skin colors should have equal rights and should be citizens. And in some people’s minds, I am not an American. I am not an American because my skin color tells them otherwise. I am supposedly at fault for causing and spreading the coronavirus and supposedly being from a foreign country that I wasn’t even born in.  

What's also ridiculous is that Black Americans are being shot by the police at alarming rates. No one should be murdered because of their skin. After 9/11, Muslim Americans and anyone else who looked Muslim were suddenly security threats to some. There are countless examples of discrimination against different minorities in America. But the common theme is that we aren't acknowledged as people before we are colors.

Discrimination against all minorities in America is why that more than ever, our global history curriculum should include American history. Not just about topics like the Founding Fathers, but American history. We need to add the histories of people of color, the histories of those who have been oppressed, and history no matter how ugly it is. History shouldn’t be one-sided. It should encompass all sides of the story. It should be the truth, and we shouldn’t be withholding it from our children. Why are we continuing to fool our children that societal issues like discrimination don’t exist?

To all the children part of a minority, being represented in history classes tells us that we matter. It tells us that we are important and that our ancestors have played an important role in enriching American culture. It tells us that we are American and that we deserve to belong here like everyone else. Additionally, it educates people and lets them understand the origins of certain stereotypes. A better global history curriculum that includes minority histories in America and how they were oppressed or discriminated against could also somewhat stop biases against people of color. Teaching our children real American history provides a broader worldview.

We shouldn’t let people feel left out of American history. Let us get to know our roots and where we stood as part of American history. To give students a full understanding of American history, I am proposing:

  • We should bring the history of marginalized communities to the spotlight. This doesn’t mean that the topics covered in the current global history curriculum should be removed, but we should also incorporate minority history.
  • Students should also learn about the origins of certain stereotypes and the significance of them.
  • Faculty should be educated on minority histories as well. They should not rely on a student of color to explain something for a class. 

With my fellow Americans I stand. Thank you.

 

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