Thanks to a law the California legislature passed in 2011, only “LGBT-inclusive” history books are now allowed in elementary and middle schools. This means that textbooks must pass some imagined standard of gay-friendliness before they can be used in public classrooms, and the California State Board of Education proved this week that they are actually serious about upholding this ridiculous law. We suppose Californians have the right to self-governance and all…but this is some of the silliest crap we’ve ever seen. It would almost inspire laughter if you didn’t have to think about all the kids whose understanding of American history is being tarnished by this idiotic gesture of political correctness.
On Thursday, the state’s board of education put their stamp of approval on 10 textbooks for classrooms from kindergarten through the eighth grade, determining that the books have enough coverage of “the historical contributions of LGBT people.” They also rejected two other textbooks because those did not provide enough coverage to satisfy the panel. According to the board, the rejected books did not meet the requirements of the FAIR Education Act, which demands that textbooks include historical figures who identified as gay or had disabilities. How those two categories wound up included in the same bill is anyone’s guess, but hey, that’s politics.
Rick Zbur, the executive director of Equality California, said the board’s decision represented a “long-fought victory” for LGBT activists.
“Approval of these textbooks means that California schools will now have access to approved materials that accurately represent LGBTQ people, and Equality California applauds the State Board of Education for this historic decision,” he said in a statement.
The website EdSource reports that the two rejected books were published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt when the publishing giant refused to make changes requested by the board. Those changes included identifying historical figures such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Nathanial Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and President James Buchanan as LGBT. While the publisher did not deny that gays and lesbians contributed to America’s historical and literary legacy, they felt it was inappropriate to use modern terminology to identify those individuals.
“HMH feels that the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer are contemporary terms that may not map well on past lives and experiences,” the publisher said.
Houghton Mifflin, of course, is concerned with historical accuracy, while the state board of education (and the law which they are attempting to follow) is concerned only with modern trends of sexuality and political correctness. This has nothing to do with correcting the historical record to make up for censorship and everything to do with appeasing the LGBT Activist Army, which has grown to become a powerful – and, one might say, malignant – force in California politics.