New York City officials have announced that public school students will be taught the heritage of Asian Americans (AAPI) starting in fall. They also plan to reduce injustice against minorities.
According to Xinhua news agency, the city will first have a pilot curriculum that is applicable to all grades and then introduce it to the entire school system in the fall 2024.
“It is my pleasure to announce Hidden Voices: Asian American Pacific Islanders in America, a curriculum that honors all that our AAPI families and students contribute each day to our schools and cities. David C. Banks, the Chancellor of NYC Department of Education said that we want every child to be heard, seen, and valued for who they really are.
Banks stated that the new curriculum will include stories from many AAPI leaders and a variety of communities who have made a difference in this country’s history.
The city will also provide professional development opportunities for teachers in order to incorporate the new curriculum into existing school lessons.
Banks stated that teaching each other about our stories and histories is one way to combat racism.
Eric Adams, New York City’s Mayor, stated that “We are a more beautiful city and a better community when we know the history” of fellow New Yorkers.
New York legislators are pushing for similar curriculum in the state.
John Liu, a New York State Senator, stated that “Asian Americans have been blamed for many things in our history, including economic recession, global warfare, pandemics, and other crises.”
“And the only reason we are hated or attacked is ignorance.
New York City boasts over 1 million AAPI-eligible residents. Statistics also show that 16.5 percent of 1.09 million students at public schools in New York identify themselves as Asian.