Millions of American students know nothing about their Sikh classmates. Although Sikhism is the fifth largest major world religion, and Sikhs have contributed to American society for 125 years in the fields of civil rights, politics, agriculture, engineering and medicine, Sikhs and their social and historical contributions are largely absent from state curriculum standards. According to Sikh students who experience bullying, ignorance breeds animosity, and one of the best ways to keep them safe is to educate their teachers and classmates about the Sikh tradition.
The Sikh Coalition continues to partner with school officials nationwide to ensure that Sikhs are integrated into state curriculum standards. Following victories in New Jersey, Texas, New York, and California, Idaho and Tennessee, we are currently expanding this campaign to achieve full coverage throughout the United States. We are systematically building relationships with state boards of education and identifying opportunities to improve curriculum standards. We will continue working tirelessly to secure updates in each of the remaining 44 state standards so they include accurate information about Sikhism, and ensure that future generations of Sikhs will be appreciated and no longer bullied at school.
- M Americans learn Sikhism accurately
- years to correct state standards in 6 states
- state curriculums. require work
Because of the Sikh Coalition’s persistence over several years, school officials in six states have moved to include accurate information about Sikhism in their curriculum standards. This means up to 14 million students in these states have an opportunity to learn about Sikhs. The inclusion of Sikhism in these state standards will continue to have a ripple effect throughout the nation.