Family advocates are worried about an education bill that now sits on California Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.
At issue: a bill that writes into the education code and mandates all schools — kindergarten through 12th grade — to positively portray homosexuality and transgenderism.
Other mandates and/or restrictions include:
- (Sec. 2, 51500) A teacher shall not give instruction and a school district shall not sponsor any activity that promotes a discriminatory bias on the basis of … sexual orientation …
- (Sec. 3, 51501) The state board and any governing board shall not adopt any textbooks or other instructional materials for use in the public schools that contain any matter reflecting adversely on persons on the basis of … sexual orientation…
The bill would also mandate the positive promotion of homosexual, bisexual, lesbian and transgender individuals in social science classes.
The governor is expected to sign the bill. But even if he does nothing, the bill will automatically become law.
Candi Cushman, education analyst for CitizenLink, said the law would change the focus from contribution to sexual orientation.
“I think we send the wrong message to children when we start singling out people in history books based on their sexual characteristics or choices,” Cushman said. “After all, Benjamin Franklin is in history books because he discovered electricity — not because of his sexual choices.
“What we should be teaching kids is what we have in common as Americans — that we are all created equal and have unalienable rights — that people are worthy of celebration in history books because of their historical, worthy accomplishments, regardless of how they identify sexually or otherwise.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Read SB48, the “Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act.”
Learn more about the California Family Council.
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