California is on its way to requiring that “gay history” be taught in public schools. From the Huffington Post:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first requiring public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in social studies curriculum.
The bill, passed on a party-line vote, adds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as people with disabilities to the list of groups that schools must include in the lessons. It also would prohibit material that reflects adversely on gays.
Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco says SB48 is crucial because of the bullying that happens to gay students. Republicans called it a well-intentioned but ill-conceived bill and raised concerns that it would indoctrinate children to accept homosexuality.
There is so much wrong with this, it is difficult to know where to start. Firstly, it is hard to comprehend how anybody could justify the following hypothetical dialog:
Teacher: “Today we will learn about the accomplishments of Alan Turing. Mr. Turing was not only a great man who served his country – he was also GAY“.
Little Johnny: “What’s gay?”
Teacher: “Excellent question! A gay person is…”
For God’s sake. Let the children grow up before they must deal with such issues. As for Ammiano’s concern about bullying, it is easy to see how such discussions could bring about more bullying than would be the case if they were silent about it.
We could argue the pros and cons until we’re red in the face, but by now it should be obvious that there are far too many special interests to please them all by cramming their views into the heads of innocent little children. This case supports my contention that government should not be in the business of educating children at all. This is the inevitable result when every group, in a fractured (excuse me, “diverse”) society, is given a say in the curriculum of public schools. Where there is “multiculturalism”, there will also be “multi-curriculumism”. When there are thousands of different ethnic groups, religions and sexual groups that all demand their stories be told, how can there still be enough time and resources to teach reading, writing and arithmetic?
Tom Ammiano says “gay history” should be taught to students because gays are bullied. What about fat children? What about children with freckles? What about short children? What about European American children? Actually, according to the Huffington Post, California schools are already required to teach about European Americans:
California law already requires schools to teach about women, African Americans, Mexican Americans, entrepreneurs, Asian Americans, European Americans, American Indians and labor. The Legislature over the years also has prescribed specific lessons about the Irish potato famine and the Holocaust, among other topics.
I wonder if this is actually done – or do they simply teach about George Washington (for example) and leave it at that, excusing themselves from teaching more by saying, “he was a European American, wasn’t he?” Perhaps some of our Californian readers, with children in public schools, would enlighten the rest of us.