California’s governor did the right thing when he signed into law The Fair Education Act (SB 48) on July 14th. The law states, in part, that:
“Instruction in social sciences shall include the early history of California and a study of the role and contributions of both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups, to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.”
Now a conservative group, Capitol Resource Institute, seeks to place a referendum on the 2012 ballot to overturn the law. Rather than accurately teach history, this group apparently feels it is better to leave out the contributions of citizens who are not heterosexual. It appears that if your personal beliefs don’t conform with what happened historically, your children shouldn’t be taught about those moments in time. Hmm. That’s frightening. It would be censorship at its finest.
Let’s hope that the good citizens of California won’t fall for such nonsense.
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