Identity Politics Gone Wild! So what if reading, writing and arithmetic suffer. As long as our children know some figure from history was gay or dressed up like a woman. After all – what’s more important?
from Conservative Review:
American History: LGBTQ Edition
A new Illinois law requires schools to teach LGBTQ contributions to children.
A new Illinois law requires Illinois schools to teach kids of all ages about the contributions of the LGBTQ community, the Chicago Tribune reported last month. Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker signed the Inclusive Curriculum Law August 9; it mandates that public schools teach students as early as possible about contributions lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have made to U.S. state and national history. The details about why it passed and who passed it demonstrate just how much the LGBTQ lobby is targeting children to focus on a specific ideology, excluding others — with taxpayer dollars.
What the Illinois law mandates
While the bill passed handily in both the Illinois state House and Senate (60-42 and 37-17, respectively), its sponsors left it purposely vague. The Inclusive Curriculum Law simply says the teaching of U.S. and Illinois history in public schools “shall include a study of the roles and contributions of” LGBTQ people without specifying just how this should be done.
Mark Klaisner, president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, said he regrets that the law fails to provide more structure about the teaching but has offered to help “compile resources for schools to draw from,” the Tribune reported. “Being that vague could mean a simple unit or a few lessons at one grade level in the school, which I think is insufficient,” Klaisner said. “On the other hand, we don’t want [state officials] to be too heavy-handed when they tell exactly what’s going to be said.”
One of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Anna Moeller, a Democrat, said the mandate is “not prescriptive” and although different groups will offer schools guidance on how to execute the details of this law, the state won’t be offering any more specific guidelines. This means it’s essentially up to teachers and local administrations to determine how much LGBTQ content to teach in their classrooms.
Democrats are forcing public schools to value LGBTQ contributions over others
While the bill lacks specificity about how to teach the new mandate, it’s clear why sponsors advocated for it so strongly. The Tribune article actually says teachers will be earnestly figuring out “how to bring up the gender identity or orientation of figures such as artist Frida Kahlo, astronaut Sally Ride and gay rights activist Marsha P. Johnson. At what age will kids understand the weight of the Stonewall riots? Is it enough to simply mention Lightfoot’s wife?” (Lori Lightfoot is Chicago’s first openly gay mayor.)