Friday, July 15, 2011

California: Is Our Children Learning?

Maybe because I actually have lived in California (the real Gay Mecca?) all my life, but the news that Governor Moonbeam signed into law the bill requiring the teaching of the "accomplishments" of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans didn't really register with me. Either that, or it's because I don't have children and certainly don't plan on staying in California when I retire (can anyone say taxpayer friendly South Dakota?). Either way, it is difficult for me to get too worked up over this simply because my dumbass fellow Californians get what they deserve.

What does this mean? Who knows. Because of budget cuts, textbook updates have been suspended until 2015, but I wouldn't be surprised if that changed in the face of some class action lawsuit. California already requires the teaching of the contributions of a laundry list of groups, so what's one (four? GLBT?) more?

And what exactly are "we" going to teach? A google search reveals one website that refers to "queer curriculum" (sorry, no linky for you!) and suggested some "historical" GLBT people that your kids should learn about. Socrates? Alexander the Great? Eleanor Roosevelt? (Wait, what, Chaz Bono?) And characters from Shakespeare who "fell in love with" women dressed as men. Awesome.

California education is a failed system. Increased spending coupled with declining test scores do not spell success. (Not that any California kid could possibly spell "success" anyway) So now that we teach the "accomplishments" of every protected victim group, along with global warming and god knows what else, is there room for the teaching of actual U. S. history? Or any actual education? As test scores drop and the teachers unions bleat about increased "education" spending, we are progressively squeezing actual education out of the schools in favor of more and more indoctrination and feel-good B.S..

You want your kid to get a good education? Move to Texas.