The Problem

Racism played an immeasurable role in the formation of the United States; as a result, race and ethnicity largely determine social status and opportunity in this country. However, our American History curricula continue to ignore and deny this injustice and its devastating impact, compelling students to accept the myth of meritocracy--the false ideology that hard work is more determinative of success than one’s racial, gender, and socioeconomic privilege.


A recent study shows that beliefs that the American system is fair and just “undermine the well being of marginalized youth," and students of color are disproportionately and detrimentally affected by such inaccuracies surrounding issues of race in public education.