Laura Martinez

Desviando “What’s best for those kids”: An Analysis on the Implementation of Ethnic Studies in K-12 Schools

My Sociology Honors thesis project seeks to illuminate ethnic studies as a tool of resistance against the oppressive roots in our American education system. Through in-depth qualitative interviews, I will analyze the practices and strategies k-12 ethnic studies teachers use to deconstruct traditional ways of learning. In my research, I will evaluate how ethnic studies educators are able to reconstruct, reclaim and resist the “norming of America,” a term that will refer to the practices within the broader education system that serve and mold others into what the educational system believes is the traditional student. This study will explore ethnic studies beyond just the content of the curriculum, in order to demonstrate how the program directly combats exclusionary policies that have repeatedly discriminated against first-generation, students of color, and or other non-traditional students.