Sikhism Included In Virginia School Curriculum
NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – After Utah and Mississippi, Virginia became the 17th state in the US to include the Sikh faith, in its school curriculum.
The Virginia State Board of Education on April 20 voted in favor of new History and Social Science Standards of Learning, which for the first time ever includes Sikhism.
The new standards will give more than a million students in Virginia the opportunity to learn about the Sikh community.
“After more than two years of engagement alongside the local sangat, this change will help to ensure that Sikhi can be taught in classrooms across the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Harman Singh, Senior Education Manager, Sikh Coalition.
“Inclusive and accurate standards are an important first step to combat bigotry and to reduce bullying, and they benefit all students by increasing cultural competency,” Singh said in a statement.
The Sikh Coalition, which has been working since March 2021 to include information about Sikhism, Sikh practices, and traditions in schools, said that the social studies standards come with serious and well-documented flaws, and there are many communities that are not represented as they should be.
“We continue to fight for not just the Sikh community, but all groups whose histories should be taught accurately,” the organization said in a statement.