The classroom, designated as a space for cultivating knowledge, has been the source of some highly politicized debates specifically when it comes to what should and should not be taught to today’s youth. Last July California Governor, Jerry Brown signed into legislation the FAIR Education Act, an act that would amend the Education Code to include social sciences instruction on the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. This bill would also prohibit discriminatory instruction and discriminatory materials from being adopted by the State Board of Education.
Unfortunately, no good deed goes unpunished. Opponents of the FAIR Education Act, also known as SB 48, have started gathering signatures to put a question on the ballot that would overrule SB 48. Those challenging the Act including the Traditional Values Coalition, maintain that there will be tremendous costs to California’s budget in order to update learning materials, which is false. They are also using scare tactics to gain support from parents by using words like “indoctrination” and maintaining that lessons about issues like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will “turn your kids gay.” Pfffftttt!!
We stand in solidarity with Courage Campaign California in supporting the inclusion of age-appropriate, honest, LGBT lessons in California schools and that discriminatory instruction and discriminatory materials should not be adopted by the State Board. Please support the right for California youth to have access to inclusive, honest and adequate education that isn’t strategically biased to support harmful conservative principles. In order for Strong Families to thrive we must support the empowerment and inclusion of ALL families, especially those on the margins.
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