California's students will soon learn more LGBT history in schools - Los Angeles Times


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California’s college students will quickly be studying extra about LGBT individuals and their struggles after state schooling officers voted to incorporate contributions from the group in historical past and social science instruction.

The California State Board of Schooling on Thursday voted unanimously on a brand new Historical past-Social Science Framework that features “a research of the position of contributions” of minority teams, together with “lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender People.”

LGBT content material can be included in some elementary, center and highschool grades. In fourth grade, for instance, college students would study “the emergence of the nation’s first homosexual rights organizations within the 1950s,” the framework states, in addition to struggles in California from the 1970s to the current day to affirm the suitable of homosexual individuals to show and to get married.

Equality California, an LGBT advocacy group, issued a press release praising the transfer, saying the new framework extra precisely represents figures necessary to the LGBT motion.

The brand new tips, the group added, now higher captures “important moments within the wrestle for equality, and the evolution of communities and identities.” Equality California stated a extra inclusive curriculum will make LGBT college students extra snug in class.

“It permits all college students to assume critically and expansively about how that previous pertains to the current and future roles that they will play in an inclusive and respectful society,” Don Romesburg, framework director for the Committee on LGBT Historical past, stated within the assertion.

Miguel Covarrubias, who teaches 11th grade U.s. historical past at Franklin Excessive Faculty in Highland Park,  stated many college students are encountering LGBT historical past for the primary time in his class. "Some are initially uncomfortable,” Covarrubias stated. “It makes an enormous distinction to understand how they're a part of the evolving American story.”

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson stated the brand new, extra inclusive instruction is a win for college kids. “This doc will enhance the educating and studying of historical past and social science,” he stated in a press release. “It is going to give our college students entry to the newest historic analysis and assist them study concerning the variety of our state and the contributions of individuals and teams who might not have acquired the suitable recognition prior to now.”

The vote comes after the passage of the Truthful, Correct, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, a 2012 California regulation that requires higher illustration of the LGBT group – together with different minority teams -- in historical past schooling. 

Altering the best way California teaches historical past was a contentious course of, one which elicited greater than 10,000 e mail feedback to the California Division of Schooling between December 2015 and the top of February 2016. 

The framework additionally provides materials on voter schooling, monetary literacy, the historical past of individuals with disabilities, and genocide.


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