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Why Ethnic Studies Should Be a Requirement for High School Graduation

Ethnic Studies is now required for graduation at a public high school in Hawaii. This paper shares (qualitative and quantitative) studies conducted to investigate impacts of the course on student learning, including the findings that culturally responsive approaches to Ethnic Studies can promote academic performance, personal growth, and prejudice reduction.


Amber Makaiau
University of Hawaii-Manoa
United States

Jeanelle Sugimoto-Matsuda
University of Hawaii-Manoa


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