Kimberly Young, a CCUSD teacher who serves on the state’s Quality Instruction Commission, said in a forum Wednesday, ethnic studies classes help students think critically.
“My classroom is not a space of indoctrination. It is a place where students are free to ask and explore questions they have about histories that have been excluded from our traditional curriculum,” she said. “Ethnic studies empowers all students to engage socially and politically and think about the world around them.”
Young has been a teacher at Culver City High School since 2016. She was a program associate at Facing History and Ourselves from 2015 to 2016 and served as lead new teacher coach at the Oakland Unified School District from 2013 to 2015.
She was also a humanities teacher at Life Academy High School from 2006 to 2013 and is a teacher consultant at the Bay Area Writing Project and a member of the American Educational Research Association.