CFT Responds to College Board Decision to Change African American Studies Curriculum
Sacramento, CA — CFT President Jeff Freitas released the following statement in response to the College Board’s release of their new official curriculum:
“I’m dismayed that The College Board made the horrendous decision to effectively erase the contributions Black Americans have made and continue to make in our country in order to appease right-wing Republicans. That the Board chose the first day of Black History Month to announce this politically-driven policy shows how out of touch the Board is with mainstream America and any educational mission.
“Educators and classified professionals are saying ‘enough’ to politicians weaponizing curricula so they can get ahead politically. The education of our youth is not a political bargaining chip.
“Our future relies on academic freedom and the teaching of our FULL history as a country to inspire critical thinking.
“To erase the history of Black Americans and the fight for LGBTQ+ equality is to erase the history of our country.”
CFT – A Union of Educators and Classified Professionals represents 120,000 teachers, faculty, and school employees in public and private schools and colleges, from early childhood through higher education. It is the statewide affiliate of the AFT.