- New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced on Thursday that the city’s Department of Education (DOE) would be introducing a pilot curriculum that will teach students about the history and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
- The new curriculum, “Hidden Voices: Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the United States,” is planned for implementation next school year in the fall.
- The program is part of the DOE’s Hidden Voices Project, a collaborative effort between the DOE’s Social Studies Department and the Museum of the City of New York.
- Schools Chancellor David Banks explained that the pilot curriculum would cover stories from historical AAPI figures and also help battle anti-Asian hate crimes in the city, which saw a 361% increase in 2021 compared to the previous year.
- While Banks has yet to announce the specific schools where the pilot program would be introduced, he said it will be developed for all grade levels across all New York City public schools by fall of 2024.
New York City public schools will introduce a new curriculum teaching students about the history and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) starting next school year.
The new curriculum, “Hidden Voices: Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the United States,” aims to help students relate to each other amid the rising Asian American violence in the city brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Eric Adams announced on Thursday.
- Connecticut Attorney General William Tong praised the passage of HB 5282, a bill that would require public schools to teach AAPI history as part of the state’s education statutes, in a statement on Tuesday.
- “The surge in anti-Asian violence and bigotry right now has its roots in a long history that has been unaddressed and ignored for too long,” Tong said. “Law enforcement cannot address this crisis alone if that history remains invisible. That’s why this legislation is so important."
- Aside from having students learn about AAPI history and incidents of AAPI bias and hate in the country, such as the murder of Vincent Chin and the incarceration of Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II, Tong said the bill would also highlight the successes of Asian Americans and their contributions to the country.
- The bill was first introduced in February and has recently passed through the state legislature’s Education and Appropriations Committee.
Connecticut Attorney General William Tong has praised the passage of a bill that would require AAPI studies to be taught in public schools across the state.