Today, Jay Inslee signed into a law a bill that will require “Washington’s tribal history, culture, and government to be taught
in the common schools.”
Part of the passage of the bill, reports the Herald, is to raise awareness about free and inexpensive resources and training available to teachers on the subject, including the curriculum created by OSPI, which is even in line with Common Core.
The curriculum has been in development for years, and is designed to be easily incorporated into existing curricula.
“Washington’s high school graduation requirements include a minimum of one-half credit of
Course work in Washington State history and government,” according to the language of the bill. “Courses designed to meet this
requirement are encouraged to include information on the culture, history, and government of
Washington Indian tribes.”
The bill was designed with both non-Native and Native kids in mind, and should be much more accurate than the shitty Native history you got in school.
“We endorse this bill because
most Native American children attend public schools and unfortunately tribal cultures and
histories that are taught in the public schools are not accurate and provide misinformation to
all students not just tribal students,“ according to a summary of the public testimony in favor of the bill.
The law will go into effect around the beginning of the school year.