New Jersey will soon require its schools to teach students about LGBT history and the impact that LGBT Americans have had on society, becoming the second state to pass a statewide educational requirement that some critics say is another step toward indoctrination.Following in the footsteps of California, New Jersey Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed into law S1569. The legislation requires boards of education in the state to include an instruction that accurately portrays the “political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”
The school boards will have to implement changes to the curriculum by the 2020-2021 school year, according to the law.
The bill was pushed and endorsed by a number of pro-LGBT political organizations that include the Garden State Equality and GLSEN, which advocate for LGBT-inclusive curriculums.
Decisions will fall to local school boards about what information needs to be studied, what books should be studied and how lessons should be organized.
Supporters say that such lessons expose students to “a more inclusive and accurate account of history” and promotes “acceptance and diversity.” Proponents also believe that the law will bring “classroom materials into alignment” with the state’s core curriculum standards by ensuring that “students receive diverse instruction in history and the social sciences.”
“It’s critical that our classrooms highlight the achievements of LGBTQ people throughout history. 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 said in a statement. “I’m thankful to Governor Murphy for making New Jersey the second state in the nation to have a law promoting LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith