Skokie, IL (WTHI) – Illinois officials have announced another update to the state’s school curriculum.
Just this week, Governor JB Pritzker enacted HB 376, the Asian American History Fair Teaching Act.
Illinois is the first state in the country to require this new program.
Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, each public elementary and secondary school will need to include an educational unit studying events in Asian American history, including the history of Asian Americans in the school. ‘Illinois and the Midwest.
Pritzker says he hopes this new change will help promote diversity in the classroom.
âWe reaffirm our commitment to creating more inclusive school environments,â said Pritzker. âWe are making Illinois the first state in the country to require that Asian American history be taught in public schools, including a unit on the Asian American experience. We’re setting a new standard for what it really means to take our history into account. It’s a new standard that helps us understand each other and ultimately bring us closer to the nation of our ideals.
The bill specifies that the program must include the following elements:
- The contributions of Asian Americans to the advancement of civil rights from the 19th century
- Contributions made by Asian Americans in government, the arts, the humanities and the sciences
- The contributions of Asian American communities to the economic, cultural, social and political development of the United States
State officials said the new law would come into force on January 1, 2022.