Students of all ages must learn the study of race, ethnicity and indigeneity with a focus on the experiences and perspectives of people of color within and beyond the United States. This is necessary to prepare students to build effective relationships throughout their professional lives. The standardized testing movement prioritizes efficiency over individual learning, severely handicapping students’ critical thinking skills. I support mandating year-round Black and ethnic studies; LGBTQ history; music; foreign language, art; civics; and sports. Students in the nation’s capital must have the opportunity to become well rounded, productive, global citizens.