Do you think LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) history should be a required lesson in public schools? California has already adopted a law that forces schools to teach it, and now New Jersey is hopping aboard the social justice warrior bandwagon as well.
On Thursday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the bill, after swearing to promote "equality" for the LGBT community.
Jaime Bruesehoff, the mother of a preteen transgender child who spoke about the bill in Trenton last year, claims that the "bill is so important for our young people."
“They need to see examples of themselves in the history being taught and in classes they are going to each day. We know representation matters," she continued.“By learning about LGBTQ people who have made amazing contributions to their country, they are seeing possibilities for themselves and hope for the future."
I beg to differ.
Now I am not insinuating that LGBT people don't matter or don't have rights. However, should we really be brainwashing children? Their minds are extremely impressionable.
Under the measure, public schools must include lessons about the political, economic and social contributions of individuals who are gay and transgender, starting in the 2020-21 school year. The bill also requires teaching about contributions of people who are disabled.
Leaders of civil rights and advocacy groups said the law will give students a fuller history of the United States, promote understanding and help children feel included in school.
“Our youth deserve to see how diverse American history truly is — and how they can be a part of it one day, too.” -Garden State Equality Executive Director Christian Fuscarino
There is rebuttal from Conservative groups who, like myself, are concerned about how this will simply confuse children and also infringes on the rights of the parents who do not want their children to be taught this in school.
When I was in school, our parents had to sign a waiver before we could take any sex education classes. How is this any different?
New Jersey Family Policy Council President Len Deo said, “We believe it further erodes the right of parents to discuss this sensitive issue with their children, if in fact schools are going to be promoting and making the claim that this particular person was an LGBTQ member."
Where do you stand with this debate?