Oklahoma to add Sikhism to updated education standards

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By Agnes Constante

Oklahoma is joining a growing list of states that will include Sikhism in its social studies standards.

The announcement, made Thursday after Oklahoma’s State Board of Education released its new standards, is a victory for advocates who have been campaigning to raise awareness in the United States about the world’s fifth largest religion.

“The accurate inclusion of Sikhism in more state standards across America is part of the Sikh Coalition’s efforts to ensure that all children feel represented, included and safe when they go to school,” said Pritpal Kaur, education director of the Sikh Coalition, a group that advocated for the move.

The coalition requested for the inclusion of Sikhism in Oklahoma’s education standards in November 2018. In February, the State Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the new standards, which will be rolled out in the 2019-20 school year and be fully implemented in the 2020-21 school year, a spokesperson for the board told NBC News in an email.

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