CNN reported Friday “Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he had signed a bill that will require public schools in the state to teach students about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans” (CNN.com). The article goes on to quote the bills author (Sen. Mark Leno) as saying,
“Today we are making history in California by ensuring that our textbooks and instructional materials no longer exclude the contributions of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Americans” (CNN.com).
I was born, raised and currently live in California. I have 4 children who I am raising in this beautiful state, but this type of legislation has me outraged. Why does the sexuality of a person need to be mentioned in the classroom? If a practicing homosexual made a meaningful contribution to society, why not discuss his contribution and leave his sexual behavior out of it? How can you appropriately discuss such behavior with a young child?
This parent does not see how this legislation could be carried out in an appropriate way EVER! Many of the rulers of Ancient Rome engaged in same sex immorality as well as even pedophilia. History records that Marcus Aurelius (Elagabalus) was a ruler of Rome from 218AD – 222AD. He, without a doubt made contributions to history, but should we also tell children that “he offered lots of money to ancient Doctors who could possibly be able to surgically give him female genitalia and that he enjoyed having sex with men”!?
Should we tell an impressionable and easily confused young mind that this Ancient Roman ruler is referred to by many modern people as “transgendered” and then explain to a 2nd grader what that means?
When have we ever taught the sexuality of a historical figure to a young child and when would that ever be acceptable? John F. Kennedy made some great accomplishments in our country, but do we tell children that he quite possibly had an affair with Marilyn Monroe, and then go on to discuss the contributions that adulterers have made in society?
These are truly troubling times in which we live.