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Jewish and Watchdog Groups Raise Alarm Over Ethnic Studies Legislation in Massachusetts

Jewish and Watchdog Groups Raise Alarm Over Ethnic Studies Legislation in Massachusetts

“An Act relative to anti-racism, equity and justice in education”

This is very similar to what we just watched unfold in California.

The Jewish News Syndicate reports:

Ethnic-studies legislation in Massachusetts raises alarm from Jewish, watchdog groups

Jewish groups in Massachusetts are raising concerns about a bill being proposed by state lawmakers that would facilitate the teaching of ethnic studies in schools.

The legislation, known as S.365 “An Act relative to anti-racism, equity and justice in education” has been proposed by State Sen. Jason Lewis (5th Middlesex District). The bill, citing the Jan. 6 “insurrection” and the “imminent danger” posed by “disinformation and white supremacy,” says that it would be in the best interest of Massachusetts students “that education in dismantling racism be taught to all students.”

It calls for the establishment of a fund and a “Commission for Anti-Racism and Equity in Education,” which would “develop curriculum materials with a social-justice perspective of dismantling racism” and “ensure that ethnic studies, racial justice, decolonizing history and unlearning racism are taught at all grade levels.”

The bill was introduced earlier this year and has been referred to the committee on education. In September, a virtual hearing was held where Jewish groups submitted testimony raising concerns over the language.

Robert Leikind, director of the American Jewish Committee’s New England regional office, wrote that while they support efforts to educate students on racial justice, the “terms used are undefined and vague, leaving the proposed commission broad discretion to interpret their meaning and shape policy accordingly.”

Similarly, in a letter to Lewis and other lawmakers, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston expressed concern over the legislation.


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henrybowman | October 11, 2021 at 12:11 pm

But they’ll still vote Democrat.
As if they actually have another choice in Massachusetts anyway.

    coyote in reply to henrybowman. | October 12, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Sooner or later, people realize their mistakes. In Germany, they realized too late. Hopefully here–even in Massachusetts–there will be a bright line issue that opens their eyes. Hoping isn’t a good strategy, I realize, but it’s what we’ve got at this moment.

    Like you, though, I’m not optimistic.

I’m surprised Mass is so far behind the curve on this.

    coyote in reply to irv. | October 12, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    I’m not. They’re in their own echo chambers. They believe that everyone thinks the way they do. At least the “right [read: “correctly”] thinking” ones do.

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