TUSTIN : Class on Accepting Other Cultures OKd

Tustin High School will offer an elective class on human relations for juniors and seniors next year to increase student awareness and acceptance of other cultures.

The class stemmed from a student task force on human relations created last year after some students yelled racial slurs during an "air-guitar" competition.

About 25 students in the task force have met regularly to discuss various cultures and read literature suggested by Henry Woods, the group's sponsor and English department chairman.

Woods will teach the new literature-based class, which will be part of the English curriculum. Included in the class will be a leadership and community-service component, Assistant Principal Al Marzilli said.

The class, a pilot program for the district, was approved this week by the Tustin Unified School District Board of Education. If successful, it could be offered in the future at Foothill High School as well.

The aim is to encourage students to think beyond their immediate circles of friends and to promote harmonious relations on and off campus, curriculum director Julie Hume explained.

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