Jerry Brown signed a bill into law requiring all public schools to incorporate into their social studies program the achievements and contributions to society of homosexuals, lesbians and transvestites.
----California’s public schools will be required to teach students about the contributions of homosexual Americans beginning on January 1, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a landmark bill last Thursday requiring the material to be added to social studies textbooks and curricula.
The new law requires social studies courses to include lessons about the “role and contributions” of “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.” The legislation also mandates that “instructional materials,” like textbooks, include sections about the history of homosexual people.
The law, called SB48, also prohibits instructional materials such as textbooks from “reflecting adversely” upon homosexuals, a stipulation sure to influence the way these books define marriage.
One especially shocking aspect of the legislation is its failure to set any grade limits on the new material. This means that homosexual history could and will be taught at the elementary level. The California Family Council sent an e-mail alert to its readers warning that “children as young as kindergarten age” could be taught the new material.
Students enrolled in these schools will not be permitted to opt out of classes teaching the homosexual-oriented material. The California Family Council said that since the material is not part of a “sexual education” class, parents will not have an opting-out option, and will not be told beforehand about classes teaching the new material.
Beyond the Golden State
Another significant aspect of SB48 is the anticipated impact on the other 49 states in the union.
In addition to being the first state to pass such legislation, California is one the Untied States’ top purchasers of textbooks. The state’s massive buying power prompts many publishers to tailor their books specifically to California’s standards. So the impact of the legislation will extend far beyond the Golden State.