After widespread opposition, including from the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, the California State Board of Education has announced that a proposed ethnic studies high school curriculum will be replaced with an entirely new draft. Critics alleged that the original proposal exhibited rampant anti-Israel bias, while omitting anti-Semitism as an example of bigotry. Meanwhile, even the Los Angeles Times described it as dominated by politically-correct jargon.
Given that three of the eighteen members on the advisory committee for developing the curriculum were anti-Israel professors, the pernicious influence of biased academics on K-12 education was clear. If its replacement is to succeed, such concerns will need to be taken seriously.