Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Meanwhile in California...

It is, forgive us, a textbook lesson in political meddling. State Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) has introduced a bill, SB 1437, that would require California textbooks to tell the stories of the contributions made to history by gays and lesbians. If we didn't know any better, we'd say that Kuehl, a talented legislator who was the first openly gay member of the Legislature, was trying to write herself into the history books.

Under her proposal, textbooks would have to "accurately portray in an age-appropriate manner the cultural, racial, gender and sexual orientation diversity of our society." They also would have to include "the contributions of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to the total development of California and the United States."

It's a twisting of what history textbooks are supposed to do: tell about the most important contributions, and misdeeds, of people in history, regardless of their beliefs and orientations.

Instead, under Kuehl's proposal, books would recount history in part through a gay and lesbian prism. This is as misguided in its way as the state Board of Education in Texas two years ago insisting that middle-school textbooks define marriage as the "lifelong union between a husband and wife," which, aside from its anti-gay slant, chose to ignore the existence of divorce.

California already has among the strongest social studies curriculums in the nation and is considered a model for its balanced and comprehensive approach to history lessons. The state also has an 18-member curriculum commission — made up of educators, subject experts and even a couple of politicians — that sets standards for textbooks and reviews them before they're adopted by the state school board. The commission makes mistakes, but the process it follows is thoughtful and deliberate

The commission should be allowed to do its job without interference from legislators. And Kuehl should return to the kind of worthwhile legislation, on such issues as family leave, for which she is justly known.

(LA Times editorial, May 9, 2006)

19 comments:

Pat Robertson said...

Totally crazy. Go back in the closet and close the damn door.

Anonymous said...

A MEN BROTHER!!!!

Anonymous said...

Robertson is a jerk. The closet is a good place for all the abnormals!

anonymous number 3 said...

Anonymous number 2, WTF? If you think he's a jerk, why do you agree that the closet is the place for abnormals?

brownhole said...

The commission is composed of pseudo-intellectual zealots all pushing their own political and social views. It is a horrible travesty I have witnessed first hand.
That said, Kuehl is even worse.

Anonymous said...

anon # 3 Take a look at your society. All the crap that is going on is because of P C, and trying to make nice to all the pressure groups. When the ab normals have a say, you got real problems!!!

Dr. No said...

You must be talking about Puttzle, Dingo, Murphy and drralph!

puttzle said...

Thanks for the compliment, Dr. No.

Anonymous said...

Oh, You noticed??

puttzle said...

Notice what?

I was the real "Anonymous" said...

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Egad, San-O Daze is beseighed by a plethora of Anonymice*.


*what, you thought the plural would be anonymouses?

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anonyrat said...

be·siege (bĭ-sēj') pronunciation
tr.v., -sieged, -sieg·ing, -sieg·es.

1. To surround with hostile forces.
2. To crowd around; hem in.
3. To harass or importune, as with requests.
4. To cause to feel distressed or worried.

pleth·o·ra (plĕth'ər-ə) pronunciation
n.

1. A superabundance; an excess.
2. An excess of blood in the circulatory system or in one organ or area.

anonymice (uh.NON.uh.mys) n.

1. People who send information anonymously, particularly out of fear of exposure, scandal, or retribution.

See Also: anonymouses (1985).

anonygerbil said...

Now that is funny.

hang ten said...

Good god, where's the theesaurous???

anonyflea said...

You gunna need a foursaurous at least. Never mind, better go to the fivesaurous.

size matters said...

plethysmograph

Pronunciation (pl-thzm-grf, pl-)
n.

An instrument that measures variations in the size of an organ or body part on the basis of the amount of blood passing through or present in the part.

Dr. Ralph said...

Nurse Ratchett, will you please restore order to this ward. Put everone in lock down, and sedate them.

hang ten said...

Thank you Dr Cheswick

Nurse Ratchett said...

Yes, doctor.

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