Since the the inception of the Board of Education in 1980, the school system has taken more control of what our children learn without any regard to the parents. The whole concept of the Board of Education is to increase the federal government involvement and control of the people.
On Wednesday July 12, 2011, Governor Jerry brown of California has increase the powers of the Board of Education in his state by signing a bill, (SB48) making California the first state in the nation to add lessons about gays and lesbians to social studies classes in public schools. The bill requires public schools to add to their social studies curriculum, contributions of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. A curriculum which will be adopted for the 2013-2014 school year. Brown signed the bill passed last week by the Democratic-majority Legislature. The bill basically passed on a party-line vote.
“History should be honest,” the governor said. “This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books.”
How is it that you would need to revise existing laws that already cover the original intent? While I believe in personal freedom and tolerance towards all people. this quote speaks to me as saying that a person’s sexual preference is now a factor. No matter who the person is, black, white, Jewish, Muslim, gay or straight, if they contributed to history, they should be acknowledged.
The Board of Education has been increasing it’s control over what our children learn and by what standard they will be held to. From President Carter creating the Department to George W. Bush signing the “No Child Left Behind Act”, it’s all been about control and spending more money in a program that hasn’t improve the quality of education in this county.
State Senator Mark Leno, a San Fransisco Democrat who is also the author of the bill, praises the signing of this bill as a step towards teaching tolerance. Supporters feel that this bill will teach students to be more accepting of lesbians and gays since there has been so much bullying towards homosexuals. Leno is quoted saying, “Today we are making history in California by ensuring that our textbooks and instructional materials no longer exclude the contributions of LGBT Americans”.
Since when have homosexuals been excluded? Is Leno saying that the LGBT community was being excluded from history? Again, if a person contributed to history, they should not be excluded whatsoever. And if homosexuals were being excluded, by whom were they excluded by?
Our school system has no Constitutional right in the first place to be controlled by the federal government, even if the Democrats feel it falls under the commerce clause. Since the creation of this department, Conservatives have been trying to abolish it. As a Libertarian, I feel it’s an invasion of our personal freedoms since it gives the federal government too much power.
The Department’s mission is: to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
The only thing the department has accomplished is ensuring equal access since even illegal immigrants are entitled to a good education. But that’s a whole other post.