No wonder people are leaving the state in droves. California public school students can barely read now a radical new state law is requiring that LGBT history is to be implemented all the way through kindergarten! Via SFGate.com:
Public schools in California will be required to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans starting Jan. 1 after Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a controversial bill to add the topic to the social sciences curriculum.
Textbooks now must include information on the role of LGBT Americans, as well as Americans with disabilities, though California’s budget crisis has delayed the purchasing of new books until at least 2015.
“History should be honest,” Brown, a Democrat, said in a statement. “This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books.”
The governor called the legislation, SB48, introduced by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, “historic.”
The law – the first of its kind in the nation – adds the two groups to an existing list of minority and other groups that are required to be part of the social sciences curriculum.
Aren’t we supposed to be removing “labels” from Americans? Why, instead of being called an American and lauded for the accomplishments and achievements must we be forced to add extra hyphens to the word American? Why must we suddenly begin to teach history from a sexual standpoint?
Opponents, however, fiercely opposed the measure, citing religious objections to homosexuality and questioning whether such instruction is necessary. They expressed dismay with Brown’s signing of the bill.
“If children in other countries are learning math and science, and American children are learning about the private lives of historical figures, how will our students compete for jobs in the global economy?” said Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster (Los Angeles County), the vice chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Education.
The provision on inclusion in textbooks could reach beyond California, too, as many book publishers tailor their texts to California’s standards because of the state’s large population. The bill does not prescribe how schools will teach the subject, and Leno said that decision will be made by local school officials and teachers.
“What the bill calls for is for the contributions of LGBT people to be included,” Leno said, adding, “We wrote it broadly for a reason. We would be subject to more criticism than we’ve already been getting if we were more dictatorial.”
Leno said the mandates apply broadly, though, telling reporters it would affect kindergarten through high school curriculum, “and, of course, in an age-appropriate way.”
Excuse me, but I have a soon to be kindergartener and I’m having a hard time exactly understanding why it’s necessary for any of this to be explained to my very young child, nor can I imagine any of it being done in way that I, as her mother, would deem “age appropriate.”
Still, opponents questioned the effect the bill would have and the need for explicit instruction for all students about a relatively small group.
The bill “does absolutely nothing to reduce bullying, improve the poor state of our education system, ensure students graduate or prepare them for global competitiveness,” said Paulo Sibaja, legislative director of the Capitol Resource Institute, a socially conservative organization in Sacramento. “Instead it diverts precious classroom time away from science, math, reading and writing, and focuses on the agenda of a small group of people.”
I have a feeling that the homeschooling market of California is about to skyrocket! All the while, the rest of the world is laughing at the stupid, irrational, nonsensical Americans.
Rational people of California. Get out now. While you can!