AUGUST 26, 2011
A new law forcing public schools to develop a curriculum that portrays minority figures—including gay, bisexual and transgender—positively and forbids all negative depictions is being challenged in California, where state law allows citizens to achieve a sort of people’s veto.The measure (SB 48) was passed last month and requires that social studies instruction include the positive role and contributions of Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, and other ethnic and cultural groups, to the development of California and the United States.Any teaching that reflects negatively on these groups is prohibited in all of California’s 9,324 public schools which have more than 6 million students. Even the state’s largest newspaper, notoriously liberal and always politically correct in its coverage, is disturbed by this. In an editorial blasting the new measure, the Los Angeles Times points out that California has been “politicizing its textbooks for years,” therefore creating an “unwanted intrusion into academic issues.”The editorial appropriately asks; “… Do we really want textbooks to include the details of a historical figure’s sexual orientation even when it might have nothing to do with his or her role in history? And does it make sense to require that portrayals of gay people focus on contributions and not anything that could be construed as negative?” The paper’s conclusion: “Real history is richer and more complicated than feel-good depictions.”If that characterization has been made by the notoriously leftwing mainstream media, imagine what the average American thinks? Fortunately, California law allows for a referendum or so-called people’s veto of objectionable legislation. The process requires a certain amount of valid registered voter signatures (in this case more than 500,000) to be gathered within a deadline (in this case the end of September).When the signatures are gathered the law is suspended temporarily until it is voted on next year. A conservative coalition is spearheading the effort in an attempt to block SB 48 and its preposterous requirements. To fill out a petition and learn more about the drive, visit http://stopsb48.com/
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