Tuesday, October 16, 2007

California should spend more time actually educating...

Governor Schwarzenegger just signed SB 777, part of which states:

Existing law states that it is the policy of the state to afford equal rights and opportunities to all persons in the public or private elementary and secondary schools and post secondaryeducational institutions of the state regardless of their sex, ethnic group identification, race, national origin, religion, or mental or physical disability and prohibits a person from being subjected to discrimination on those bases. Existing law prohibits a teacher from giving instruction, and a school district from sponsoring any activity, that reflects adversely upon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, handicap,national origin, or ancestry.

Existing law prohibits the State Board of Education and the governing board of a school district from adopting for use in thepublic schools any instructional materials that reflect adverselyupon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, handicap,national origin, or ancestry.

This bill would revise the list of prohibited bases of discrimination and the kinds of prohibited instruction, activities, and instructional materials and instead, would refer to disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic contained in the definition of hate crimes that is contained in the Penal Code. The bill would define disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation for this purpose.

Folks in CA are wondering what's next. This bill clearly prevents discrimination for just about anything. Do you think this bill allows boys to use girls restrooms and vice versa? Should a boy who is gay be allowed to use a girl's restroom just because the school has no right to discriminate against him because of his sexual orientation? Will it be illegal for a teacher to mention "husband and wife" in a discussion for fear it will offend those who have two daddies or two mommies? Is it wrong to refer to someone as disabled? Handicapped? Asian? Black? White? Hispanic? Tall? Short? Fat? Thin? Will boys be allowed to join the girls volleyball team and girls join the boys basketball team? Will boys and girls be allowed to share bathrooms? Locker Rooms?

Schools are for education, not for social and cultural indoctrination. If the schools spent as much educating students as they did worrying about offending someone, the state would be in better shape.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10/17/2007

    If you and I and most other Americans have enough common sense to figure this out, where do our politicians come from? -- ST