Given the state’s multi-billion dollar deficit and our schools receiving a “C” in a recent national education survey, there should be no higher priority than addressing both problems. You would think the legislature would be laser-focused on coming up with innovative solutions to promote student achievement and to reform government. Unfortunately that isn’t the case in Sacramento.
Let’s take a look at one bill, currently passed by the Senate along party lines and now on the floor of the Assembly. “Political correctness” in our children’s history lessons must now be taught if we follow the logic of the Democrats that control the legislature. Right now, the State Assembly is considering Senate Bill 48, legislation authored by San Francisco lawmaker Leno, which would add lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to the list of groups that schools must teach about in social studies classes. SB 48 would also require local school districts to use textbooks and other materials that cover their contributions in a politically correct manner.
The real motivation behind this bill is for liberal activists to force local schools to teach controversial subject matter in a way that benefits their ideology. This bill will sexualize the teaching of history to elementary-age school children. These activists know that if they can successfully shape the school curriculum into their worldview, they can influence the opinions of students as they mature into adulthood.
When it comes to teaching controversial issues such as gay history, PARENTS should make that choice, not state lawmakers. Given California’s diversity, imposing a one-size-fits-all curriculum makes no sense. Instead of diverting its resources on deciding what should be in our history textbooks, the legislature should focus on issues of far greater importance such as the state’s budget deficit, high unemployment, and protecting classroom funding. These are the issues that I am working hard to address this year and it’s time we deliver real solutions for the people we represent.
Parents must be brought back into the education equation. It has been said that schools may teach skills but that it is the parents that truly educate a child. Controversial topics of sexuality are best discussed at the dinner table, not in the classroom. If the parents of students in San Francisco’s public schools want gay history to be taught, then they have every right to petition their school board. Parents in other communities such as Chino Hills and Yorba Linda should also have the right to decide through their local school boards.
At a time when our schools are grappling with tough budget cuts, introducing more political correctness is never the answer.