Both organizations applaud this important step forward, and we are committed to seeing this effort through to its completion next year.
State education authorities have added content and the lesson plan originally proposed by both organizations (and endorsed by 52 California gurdwaras
, hundreds of petition signers, and a bipartisan group of state legislators
), as well as some additional educational material. This progress comes after nine months of public engagement and behind-the-scenes advocacy to ensure that California’s Sikh community is part of this standard-setting curriculum in a positive and appropriate manner.
As this next draft is considered by state education authorities before the final meeting and review in March of 2021, the Sikh Coalition and the Jakara Movement are working to ensure that all included information is accurate and appropriately placed in the curriculum. In addition, we continue to advocate for an inclusive ESMC that accurately and appropriately represents all of the diverse groups that make up the rich, diverse cultural fabric of California.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.