Asian American and Pacific Islanders are an integral part of our history and highlighting their contributions to California and the United States should be encouraged at all grade levels. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have greatly shaped our state; their struggles, perseverance, and overall involvement in our nation’s history deserve to be highlighted and taught to California’s children.
SB 1363 provides a suggested framework for classroom instruction on the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in social science courses that would be designed according to the maturity level of students. Students in grades 1-6 will be taught a broad range of Asian American and Pacific Islander heroes, legends, and builders of American society. Students in grades 7-12 will learn the aforementioned items as well as more specific history, including the role Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders played in the civil rights movement and their courage and heroism as members of the US military.