New York City is set to expand its Asian American history curriculum in all public schools by June, SI Live reports.
The city has been slowly adding to the curriculum. According to SI Live, it announced a pilot program in 12 schools last May called the Hidden Voices: Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Schools Chancellor David C. Banks officially announced Tuesday that the program had been successful and would therefore be available to all public schools by June.
“These Hidden Voices resources allow us to re-examine our understanding of American history to see ourselves in the story and to celebrate what makes each of us unique,” Banks said, according to SI Live.
Over the past few years, public schools across the country have been adding Asian American history to their curricula. As of July 2022, 19 states now require Asian American history to be taught in public schools and 15 other states are considering similar requirements.
“It’s amazing. It just shows the grassroots initiatives of Asian Americans across the nation,” Russell Jeung, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and a professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University said to AsAmNews in a July interview.
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