Sunday, October 23, 2011

Not easy teaching gay

The Los Angeles Times is not the only one to report it.  Looks like the new California law that requires teaching Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender studies in the classroom is meeting some resistance, and not because teachers are anti-homosexuality either.

“…..teachers and administrators are flummoxed about how to carry out a new law requiring California public schools to teach all students — from kindergartners to 12th graders — about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in history classes.
……Educators across the state don't have much time to figure it out. In January, they're expected to begin teaching about LGBT Americans under California's landmark law, the first of its kind in the nation.”

I addressed this back in July when the law first made headlines and I’ll say it again; this is politically correct crap.  Lower primary grade teachers are right to be concerned about teaching sexuality with kids and secondary history teachers are right to ignore this law and teach history.  When history involving gays and lesbians is important (Stonewall, Reagan’s treatment), then it gets included.  Otherwise, why give it so much thought?  By the way, I’m not speaking from a Grace “homosexuality is a destructive lifestyle” Callaway perspective either.  She’s clearly an idiot.  I’m just saying, if you want particular historical items addressed in the California Standards, put them in there.  Or, let the historians decide what’s important. 

Oh, and I’m still waiting for that transgender historical figure that I should include in my history class.  I asked for it in July and have received no response.  

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