Friday, July 15, 2011
California Becomes First State to Force Gay and Lesbian Teaching into Classrooms
By James Famodimu | Christian Post Contributor
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday making California the first American state to institute lessons about gays and lesbians into their social studies curriculum.
The law now requires the California Board of Education to create textbooks and other materials that illuminate the contributions of the homosexual community as soon as the 2013-2014 school year.
State Sen. Mark Leno, a Democrat from San Francisco and the innovator of the proposed bill, feels that the bill will help students be more receptive to homosexuals and in turn will hinder the harassment many gay students face.
However, the bill has caught the ire of churches and parents who feel that such instruction would expose students to a subject that many disagree with. They believe the children should not be obligated to attend the classes.
In a previous article by The Christian Post, education analyst Candi Cushman writes, “If parents are concerned that this curriculum conflicts with their religious beliefs, or if they feel their child isn’t psychologically ready to handle the issue, then they should have first amendment rights and be able to opt out.”
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, former high school teacher Republican Assemblyman Chris Norby states, "I don't think this helps the teaching of history. I think it's a distraction."