Posted by: KatieLPhillips01 | December 15, 2010

Should Gay History be Included in Textbooks?

What material should be included in school textbooks? It’s a question that’s garnered much attention recently due to the Texas textbook debate — raising issues of creationism versus evolution and use of the term “triangular trade” as opposed to “slavery.” Now, California state senator Mark Leno (who happens to be openly gay), is proposing that gay history be included in school textbooks as a means to combat anti-gay bullying. What do you think? I didn’t learn about ‘gay history,’ (for instance, the Stonewall riots) until college, but it would’ve been useful to have a working knowledge of such modern injustices. In my opinion, it would result in a more well-rounded education and would engage children in such a way that they would be able to formulate opinions on their own, as opposed to being spoon-fed conservative values.

From the Sacramento Bee:

Openly gay state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, introduced a bill today that would require public school materials to include the historical contributions of gay people as a way to fight bullying.

Leno’s Senate Bill 48 is similar to a proposal that was approved by the Legislature in 2006 but vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Most textbooks don’t include any historical information about the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) movement, which has great significance to both California and U.S. history,” Leno said in a press release. Leno was recently named to prominent leadership as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.

Leno added: “Our collective silence on this issue perpetuates negative stereotypes of LGBT people and leads to increased bullying of young people.”

Read more HERE.


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