Volume 15

Advancing Diverse Learning for Asian Pacific Islanders

by Khin Mai Aung and Christina Mei-Yeu Wong

Aung and Wong provide compelling evidence to indicate the necessity of having race-specific lesson plans integrated in school districts. The intention of these lesson plans to incorporate individualized uses of race in the classrooms will be beneficial to students, particularly Asian/Pacific Islanders. In Part II, Aung and Wong look at amicus briefs filed by AALDEF, CAA, and several other API youth-serving organizations that argue the potential benefits from having race-based school assignments. In Part III, the authors find that Asian/Pacific Islander students tend to live in multiracial communities. They also find that the school districts should shift from contextualizing racial categories within a Black/White binary to a multiracial approach that is more inclusive of other minorities and reflective of their respective communities. In Part IV, Aung and Wong look at how San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has shifted from “race-conscious to a race-neutral approach in 1999” and how it ultimately affected integration in the schools. As a result, they argue the importance of being able to find a balance incorporating a multiracial curriculum and integration so as to encourage racial diversity in education.

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June 2011

Volume 18

Volume 18 was produced during the 2010-2011 school year.


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