California Bill Urges To Teach Racial Significance Of Obama’s Presidency

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4-29-2014 12-28-17 PM

California lawmakers passed a bill last week encouraging schools to teach students about the racial significance of President Barack Obama’s election. With unanimous bipartisan support, the California Assembly passed the legislation on Thursday. The bill, now sent to the state Senate for approval, asks state education officials to include what the election meant for racial equality and civil rights for America.

According to Assemblyman sponsor of the measure, Chris Holden, the historic first-term election of 2008 “should not just be a mere footnote within textbooks, but rather focus on the significance of Americans overcoming our nation’s past and acknowledging that Americans are moving in the right direction.” He draws to attention how the nation’s elections once run by intimidation and physical violence against African-Americans should emphasize the “historic step in the efforts towards equality in the United States.”

The state Board of Education is scheduled to update academic standards for history and social studies’ classes during the 2015-16 school year. If passed, textbooks will likely be updated within five years after Obama leaves office, which does not have to follow lawmakers’ recommendations.