California Education Reform: Racial History and Social Inequality

California Education Reform: Racial History and Social Inequality

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Michael Grandinetti started this petition to Governor Gavin Newsom and

The killing of another unarmed Black civilian in the United States has sparked outrage and protests across the country and various major cities around the world. George's Floyd's inexcusable death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer and the delayed arrest that followed are just the latest examples of the systemic racism and inequality that still plague the U.S. However, these won't be the last if we don't make a change.

We're not only asking the same questions that have been asked for decades, but also still looking for the answers. Why and how are we still dealing with these issues? When will enough be enough? What can we do to change?

We need to start from the ground up. By educating the youth on the issues of racial inequality, injustice and White privilege, they will have the mindset and tools to shape an inclusive society that values all of its members. From future Presidents, to local government officials, to police officers, to business owners and everybody else in between, the next generation will be better prepared for changing race relations in the United States.

Because our minds are at their most impressionable states from childhood through adolescence, I demand the California Department of Education to implement core curriculum about race in our state's K-12 public schools. In addition to carrying the same weight as other subjects—mathematics, English, science, history—the curriculum should be developed by a diverse committee to avoid producing educational materials that are filtered through the White lens, tailored for each grade, and taught across the entire school year to ensure effectiveness and understanding.

I was extremely fortunate to have amazing teachers and professors in college that helped me better understand our country's racial dynamics and the privilege that comes with being a White man in America. But for many, our dispositions and inherent biases are already rigid by the time we reach our college years. If we can educate children about discrimination, racism and inequality—like Jane Elliot did with her third graders in Riceville, Iowa—the future of our country will be much brighter.

Last but not least, I am well aware that schooling is not the sole answer to our country's racial issues. The people we become is largely impacted by the family dynamic we go home to after school everyday. However, education is a powerful tool that can teach the change we want to see in the world and help prevent the loss of more innocent, unarmed individuals.

Peace and Love.

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