CA Senate Passes Bill Mandating Gay History in Public Schools
Posted on April 14, 2011 at 4:15pm by Emily Esfahani Smith Print » Email » SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has approved legislation that would require California’s public schools to include gay history in social studies lessons.
Supporters say the move is needed to counter anti-gay stereotypes and beliefs that make gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children vulnerable to bullying and suicide.
Opponents said it would burden an already crowded curriculum and expose students to a subject that some parents find objectionable.
The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, passed Thursday on a 23-14 vote. The measure now goes to the Assembly.
It leaves it up to local school districts to decide what to include in the lessons and at what grade students would receive them.
My personal note:
This story represents the reason that so many Americans are choosing homeschooling over public schools. Christians and responsible Americans don’t want socially divisive issues being taught in our public schools; period.
However, state governments should be allowed to run their state how they see fit and if I were a Californian right now I would seriously consider all my options.