WHEREAS, the New York Department of Education Mosaic Curriculum for K-12 students purportedly includes information about African American, Latino/Latina/Latinx, and other diverse student populations, but does not include information about East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, West Asian or Pacific Islander communities or immigrants from those communities (Hereafter referred to as AAPI)
WHEREAS, reports of hate crimes against Asian Americans jumped 342% from 2020 to 2021, continuing a pattern from the previous year: Anti- Asian crimes increased 124% between 2019 and 2020 (NY 1 News, April 8, 2022)
WHEREAS, AAPIs represent 18% of NYC’s public school population, according to a study in the New York Times in January 2022, (but only 1-2% of the nation teacher population, according to PEW research.)
WHEREAS, Asian Americans have been part of American history since the 16th century , including major waves of immigration in the 1800s, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and selective immigration policies in the 1970 and 1980s that have had a resounding effect on the composition of NYC schools to this day, but that history has been missing in the school curriculum; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the UFT supports the inclusion of AAPIs in the DOE Mosaic Curriculum; and may it be further
RESOLVED, that the UFT partner with the Asian American Education Project in moving forward state legislation supporting the inclusion of curriculum representing AAPI history.