California to be first state to teach LGBT history in schools

July 18, 2016

Gay_flag.svgCalifornia second graders will soon learn that some families have two moms or two dads. The State Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to adopt new K-12 curricula that incorporates LGBT history into public school classes. [The Guardian]

The vote will make California the first state in the nation to teach LGBT history in schools.

In 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act. The law requires educators to better incorporate the LGBT community, as well as other minority groups, into history and social science curricula. The legislation took effect in 2012, but attempts to overturn the law slowed its implementation.

Following Thursday’s vote, second grade students will now have discussions about diverse families. Fourth graders will learn about California’s role in the gay rights movement.

Additions to the fifth and eight grade curricula will include lessons on gender roles in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as on individuals who defied them. In high school, U.S. government students will begin studying the 2015 supreme court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. The U.S. government curriculum will also include recent court cases involving transgender bathroom laws.

The FAIR Education Act also requires educators to add lessons on historical contributions made by people with disabilities. The law prohibits textbooks or other classroom materials that reflect adversely on gays or particular religions.

LGBT groups celebrated the changes.

Opponents of the law argued parents should be the ones to decide how and and at what age to expose children to the topic of sexual orientation. Critics have also expressed concern that important historical figures would be booted from school curricula to make room for LGBT individuals.


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  1. mullyman says:

    I guess I’m a dumb old school type who doesn’t know what LGBT stands for. Can guess, so why can’t they put it out in full words, are they ashamed to say it? When they teach this in school will they say the words or just use the letters. Our schools have gotten away from the basic lessons that are necessary for our kids to make it in the world.The people that are classified as LGBT are just people to me just as every other ethic group so why do you have to classify a group as they are all american people.We need to keep the politics out of are schools and get back to basics.

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  2. easymoney says:

    Instead why not teach all children how to swim, how to perform CPR or the hymlick manuver, how to blance a check book, how to be productive citizens?

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  3. Gordo says:

    “Attention children, attention please.. this morning we are going to learn about Benjamin Franklin, scientist, publisher, diplomat and SWINGER, yeah baby!”

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