This post offers a practitioner perspective on San Francisco Unified School District's (SFUSD) partnership with Ethnic Studies at Cal State San Francisco, and Stanford University as research partners.
From the district's website, you can read more on what students say Ethnic Studies is:
“We’re learning about power — political, economic, social — our race, ethnicity, culture, nationality,” says 14-year-old freshman James Liu.
That’s because ethnic studies is not simply a history course detailing the achievements of members of different racial groups; the curriculum is conscious of and sometimes analytical about how race and ethnicity are intertwined with power.
SFUSD is in the great situation of improving its Ethnic Studies curriculum whereas, in most other places, it's mostly non-existent. That said, as I've blogged previously, the movement is growing precipitously and it's very exciting and inspiring, to say the least.