EVENT: Education or Indoctrination: Ethnic Studies in K-12
Livestreaming Wednesday, October 27, at 8pm ET
EDUCATION OR INDOCTRINATION: ETHNIC STUDIES IN K-12
Livestreaming Wednesday, October 27, at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
Note: the event is over but it can be watched in its entirety here:
The education system is now at the forefront of contentious national debates, as educators and parents clash over appropriate ways to teach our children about racism, oppression, and equality. What curriculum helps students of all backgrounds see themselves in education and understand overlooked parts of history? What curriculum indoctrinates students, compelling them to accept a series of narrow, unquestioned assumptions? This is not a right- or left-wing political issue, but rather a non-partisan concern for those who believe children should be presented with an honest treatment of history that does not force-feed them any single political agenda.
Michael David Cobb Bowen is a Stoic writer, data engineer and author of the award-winning blog Cobb. He has been published in Newsweek and was a regular NPR contributor, host at Cafe Utne, founder of the Conservative Brotherhood, Rights Universal, and Free Black Thought. His online writing projects on political, cultural and philosophical subjects reach back over 23 years. His latest project, Stoic Observations, can be found at mdcbowen.substack.com Michael lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.
Brandy Shufutinsky is a social worker, writer, researcher, and advocate. She holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco in International and Multicultural Education and her MSW from the University of Southern California. Brandy has worked towards advancing the rights of victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault within the military community through practice, education, and research. Currently, she is working towards developing intercultural and academic opportunities to enhance liberal democratic ideals. Follow her on Twitter.
Elina Kaplan, President of Alliance for Constructive Ethnic Studies (ACES), has led nonprofit organizations for over a decade. Most recently, she led the Social Services division of MidPen Housing, one of California's largest affordable housing nonprofits. In this role, she set the strategic direction and managed the delivery of social services and cultural programming for tens of thousands of residents across a wide spectrum of low income ethnic groups, from children to senior adults. Prior to that, Elina served as Chief Program Officer at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, overseeing all program development and implementation for Early Childhood Education, Youth and Teens, Seniors, Cultural Arts, and Fitness. Elina holds an MBA from Stanford University and B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Duke University. Follow ACES on Twitter.
ACES makes its ACES Toolkit available to parents to enable them actively and respectfully to engage in their school district. The materials range from specific action items to talking points, tips for meetings, and information on your rights as community members. Parents can also fill out ACES’ local action form or email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with others in their area.