A California school district administrator has sparked outrage because she believes “privileged white voices” should not be involved in setting up classes.
According to reports, Sarnia Shoman of the San Mateo Union High School District sent an email to California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond in 2021 arguing against proposed changes to the ethnic studies curriculum.
“We urge the [state board of education] not to give in to the pressures and influences of political lobbyists, racist and privileged white voices and individuals,” she said in the email, according to Fox News digital.
The proposed changes included Jewish American studies and curricula that would have brought “multiple perspectives.”
According to reports, Sarnia Shoman of the San Mateo Union High School District sent an email to California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond in 2021 arguing against proposed changes to the ethnic studies curriculum
This is a school in the San Mateo Union High School District where Shoman works
“The proposed revisions privilege terms such as “multiple perspectives,” “diversity,” “all students,” and “broad range of groups,” and undermine the primary focus on the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities that are more than 80 years old. percent of the California student population,” Shoman wrote in the email.
The email, sent around the time the State Board of Education approved the Curriculum of Ethnic Studieswas obtained through a public request by Zachor Legal.
The educator continued, reportedly calling for a more extreme ethnic studies curriculum, specifically with regard to the Black Lives Matter movement.
‘[E]in the African American class on the Black Lives Matter movement, which is a direct response from white supremacy, fails to expose and analyze racism and systemic oppression,” she said in the e-mail. mail.
She also pushed for changes that would include Jewish American studies.
According to a exhaust pipeShoman is the coordinator of the Middle East Children Alliance’s Teach Palestine Initiative.
The pro-Palestinian advocate said she strongly disagreed with the choice to classify Jewish people into Asian-American and Pacific Islander categories.
“This is grossly inaccurate and has no institutional history,” she said.
“We urge the [state board of education] not to give in to the pressures and influences of political lobbyists, racist and privileged white voices and individuals,” she said in the email
Shoman is responsible for overseeing the district’s English learning and academic support programs. According to her biography on the district’s website, she was born in California with “Palestinian roots.”
“I’ve dedicated my public education career to advancing racial and social justice in the classroom and wider educational organizations and space in which I work,” the teacher’s biography says.
The woman also works in ethnic, assisted and family involvement studies and holds a BA in political science and an MA in education from San Francisco State University.
“I see my role as a visionary and advocate for the continuous improvement of the programs that serve our most vulnerable, yet resilient, student populations,” she says in the bio posted on the district’s website.
The educator sued and reportedly called for a more extreme ethnic studies curriculum, specifically in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement
In a statement to Fox News Digital, the district said:
‘Dr. Shoman … was appointed and served on the California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Advisory Committee.
She and her fellow committee members wrote to the California State Board of Education in their role as members of this committee to express their views.
‘In their letter, the committee did not plead for the deletion of Israel, Jews, Jewish perspective or Jewish history from the curriculum. They do suggest that these topics do not belong under the umbrella of Asian American and Pacific Islander History.
“In addition, the group is not criticizing multiple perspectives, but is urging the Board of Education to center BIPOC voting in this curriculum.”
San Mateo Union High School District officials could not be reached by DailyMail.com at the time of publication.
District officials said Shoman was working with a group and they were simply urging the Board of Education to focus on centering BIPOC votes
In a statement to Fox News Digital, Marc Greendorfer of Zachor Legal called Shoman’s statements false.
“The position of Samia Shoman and others to treat Jews, the true indigenous people of the land of Israel, as ‘white’ occupiers and settlers is completely contrary to history and facts,” Greendorfer said.
He also objected to the idea of ethnic studies in general.
“While the idea of ensuring that students learn about the history of all ethnicities is an idea that we support, we have found these programs to be anything but educational. Instead, it is political indoctrination by extremists who want to institutionalize bigotry and hatred in education,” Greendorfer said.
DailyMail.com could not reach Shoman for comment on Greendorfer’s statements or comments related to the Fox News story.
A Model Curriculum Guideline for Ethnic Studies lists the principles, which include promoting “the values of civic engagement and civic responsibility,” “self and collective empowerment,” and “critical thinking and rigorous analysis of history, systems of oppression, and the status quo in an effort to spark discussions about the future and envision new possibilities’
In October 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation making California the first state to require high school students to complete a semester-long ethnic study.
The mandate won’t take effect until the 2025 to 2026 school year, but many schools in the state have been offering related courses for years.
A Model Curriculum Guideline for Ethnic Studies lists the principles, which include promoting “the values of civic engagement and civic responsibility,” “self and collective empowerment,” and “critical thinking and rigorous analysis of history, systems of oppression, and the status quo in an effort to spark discussions about the future and to think of new possibilities.’
In October 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation making California the first state to require high school students to complete a semester-long ethnic study
According to 2022 WalletHub research, California is the most diverse state in the US using metrics such as socioeconomic diversity, cultural diversity, economic diversity, household diversity, religious diversity, and political diversity.
Other top states include Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, and Arizona.
The least diverse states are Iowa, Ohio, Utah, Wyoming, Kentucky, Montana, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and West Virginia.