Bring ethnically diverse literature to Mira Costa High School curriculum

Bring ethnically diverse literature to Mira Costa High School curriculum

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Lea Pepemehmetoglu started this petition to MBUSD School Board

In high school, we are taught that it is important to learn about every subject equally, and to a deeper extent than in previous years. That said, it has come to our attention that English and History are two areas where this principle is ignored. The actual education we receive does not encompass all of American History and literature. The role of BIPOCs is almost non-existent in our textbooks and literature. Most of the required reading for English classes are outdated stories from decades or centuries ago. These stories are also predominantly written by white people with white experiences. Let’s stand together to diversify Costa literature to reach a broader education and to include every student’s history. Our goal is 1500 signatures.

We should replace some books written by white authors (like some of Shakespeare’s works, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, etc.) with books by authors from ethnically diverse backgrounds (like The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and so many more). These novels will not only engage more students, but will encourage tolerance in the Costa community where it was not seen before. The more our students can empathize with their peers, the more Costa will become a campus known for respect and achievement. If BIPOC see representation in the literature they study, it will also narrow the achievement gap. The reading will pique the students’ interest, seeing as it is something new to them. In a learning environment, everyone should feel welcome. Let’s welcome change and Diversity into Mira Costa!

 

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