Ethnic studies will replace geography as a graduation requirement in El Rancho Unified School District in southern California, reports the Whittier Daily News.
The requirement will “expose our students to global perspectives and inclusion of diversity,” said Jose Lara, vice president of the school board.
“Students need to feel validated,” said Aurora Villon, the board president. ““When you negate their culture, they feel less than other students.”
Although 98 percent of El Rancho students are Hispanic, “a variety of cultures will be studied,” Villon said.
Lara said students might take an art class that focuses on Mexican-American work or an English class that includes African-American literature.