Monday, April 18, 2011

I wonder how many people this will drive to homeschooling?

California Senate has passed a bill which mandates gay history in public schools:

Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people would be added to the lengthy list of social and ethnic groups that public schools must include in social studies lessons under a landmark bill passed Thursday by the California Senate.

If the bill is adopted by the state Assembly and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, California would become the first state to require the teaching of gay history.

Supporters say the move is needed to counter anti-gay stereotypes and beliefs that make children in those groups vulnerable to bullying and suicide.

Of all the things California could be doing to improve education, this seems like one of the last it should be focused on.  So many students graduates from high school without knowing how to read or write.  Seems like this would be more important to fix before trying to brainwash the children in government schools.

With homeschooling we can have a more accurate view of history.  Our children's understanding of major events won't be distorted by some special interest group.


Happy Elf Mom said...

Well, I don't know that homeschoolers necessarily have the most accurate view of history, but I can say that it's disconcerting that our children can be required to learn this or that by governmental fiat. It's one more step to make the homeschoolers cover this topic as well... I think even more liberal homeschoolers ought to be concerned about this trend.

Rose said...

That's the beauty of the current system--if you don't support the new changes to the curriculum, you don't really have to worry--most of the kids won't be able to read the material anyway!!

Henry Cate said...

Happy Elf Mom - I agree that as humans homeschoolers just as fallible as anyone else. One thing really worries me on this issue is that society will have a much better chance of accurately remembering history, and thus effectively learning from it, if there isn't a small group of people deciding the "true history."

Rose - Some people are argueing that the lack of ability to read is an intended feature of the current system.