(10-14-2011 03:49 PM)RoyGBiv Wrote: What part of this is confusing for you?
If legislatures or popular referendums are responsible for setting course curriculum, those legislatures and referendums can set any curriculum they want. I'm not saying history that includes the historical issues surrounding homosexuality should not be taught. I am saying that this should be determined by people who actually know something about it and not politicians and random voters who tend not to know a damn thing about anything.
it did not confuse me, it hurt and offended me. equating adding lgbt...s to an already existing list of populations to be portrayed with accuracy and dignity in history curriculums, to legislating that creationism (a superstition) has to be taught, or that genocidal confederates must be protected from that truth, was degrading to me as a lesbian. what part of that is confusing to you, Roy?
education has been legally standardized by the government in this country for a very long time now. do you not feel that has been, and is, for the best?
that standardization is so that narrow minds can not restrict education to what serves their narrow cultural preferences and domination.
The Fair Education Act is not about "history that includes the historical issues surrounding homosexuality." heterosexual orientation is taught about historical figures all the time, and always has been, while homosexual orientation of historical figures has been CENSORED.
teachers are fired for voluntarily teaching the historical fact of certain historical figures being homosexual. there being such a law makes it possible to practice that equality without being stereotyped, and harmed, by sympathy/association.
"California already requires that when school districts adopt instructional materials, they seek to ensure that Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, and European Americans are accurately portrayed. The new bill would add not only LGBT to that list, but also people with disabilities and Pacific Islanders."
Existing law requires social sciences instructions of both men and women, black Americans, American Indians, Mexicans, Asians, Pacific Island people, and other ethnic groups to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society. Current law prohibits instruction or school-sponsored activities that reflect adversely upon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, ability, national origin, or ancestry.
Current law also prohibits the adoption of instructional materials that reflect negatively on any person because of their race, sex, color, creed, disability, national origin or ancestry. It also requires schools and governing boards to include only instructional materials that, in their determination, accurately portray the cultural and racial diversity of our society.|
"people who actually know something about it" (to quote you) :
"The 325,000-member California Teachers Association supports SB 48. 'We believe that school curriculum materials should adequately portray the diversity of our society ... [and the bill] doesn’t impose an undue burden,' says spokesperson Mike Myslinski."