Jerry Brown just signed into law that California social studies textbooks need to include “the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.” Read full story, here.
Question: if a gay person made a significant contribution, wouldn’t that already be in the history books? Couldn’t we just put a G (Gay) or an S (Straight) after historical figures names, like we do R and D for Republicans and Democrats, without having to retell history?
I somehow suspect that these “contributions” won’t be grand inventions that changed the lives of all Americans. Again, if that were the case, they’d already be in the history books. I suspect that instead of discussing the facts of Gettysburg and its historical implications, a page will be devoted to Timmy Tinkelheimer, a gay foot soldier, who bravely died next to his straight compatriots, thereby proving he was just like everyone else, but adding no actual knowledge of history to students.
And on a side note, I have been out of highschool for too long, I guess, as I am not quite sure what social studies consists of. I am assuming history, but then why don’t they just call it history? Social studies does sound like a course for the politically correct socialization of American youth, in which case I retract my former comments. The addition of LGBT studies seems like the perfect addition. Now I just question why we have that course in our schools at all.