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Tenn. Curriculum Includes Instruction On Sikhism

The Tennessee State Board of Education has issued new social studies standards that include educating students about Sikhism, the world’s fifth largest religion and the only major faith not previously included in the curriculum.

Advocates praised the move as a positive step toward combating ignorance, hatred and violence against the Sikh community. The Sikh Coalition, an ally of Americans United, had requested the inclusion of Sikhism in the curriculum last year but was denied. This year, their request was met with approval from the board.

There’s A Right Way To Teach About Religion In Public Schools – Be Inclusive

The Tennessee State Board of Education recently took a big step to making their state’s public education curriculum more inclusive. The state’s new social studies standards for the first time ever includes educating students about Sikhism, the world’s fifth largest religion and the only major faith not previously included in the curriculum.

Standing For Religious Freedom Means Standing Against Hate

Yesterday I attended a panel hosted by the Arab American Institute entitled “Combatting the Trend of Hate: A Discussion on Recent Hate Incidents.”

Represented on the panel were organizations that are working tirelessly to address the rise in hate incidents in the United States, including Muslim Advocates, Southern Poverty Law Center and the Sikh Coalition.

As an organizer with Americans United, I think a lot about how hate crimes and hate speech are deeply impactful for those who subscribe to minority religions in the United States.