New Study on Representation of Arabs in High Schools
Arab Youth Organizing, the youth arm of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, has just released their 2020 education equity campaign report on representation of Arabs in San Francisco Bay Area High Schools. Titled, TURATH: Teaching, Understanding, and Representing Arabs Throughout History, the report is a result of a year long effort that included listening sessions with various schools, and a collection of close to 400 surveys of students and staff across the Bay Area.
The results are followed by site and policy recommendations for legislators, school staff and administrators for ways to better the representation and experience of Arab and Muslim youth in US classrooms. Coming out in the lead up to California’s Department of Education’s decision about the future of ethnic studies in CA high schools, this report speaks to the critical need for the inclusion of Arab American studies as part of curriculum covering the experience of racialized and indigenous communities in the United States.