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Politics and education collide under new LGBT history requirements in schools

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July 23, 2016 

A new state mandate requires public schools to teach about LGBT history

Fresno area gay rights groups are cautiously optimistic

Students will start learning about same-sex families as early as second grade

Local gay rights groups are celebrating new standards that will require public schools to teach children about LGBT history, but some are skeptical about how the curriculum will be implemented in the conservative Valley.

Under the new requirements – approved earlier this month by the state school board – students as early as second grade will learn about families with same-sex parents and later about the gay rights movement and activists like Harvey Milk.

People like Chris Jarvis, president of the Fresno LGBT Community Center, are cautiously optimistic and unsure how politics will affect the public school mandate.

“I expect kickback from parents that believe still that any mention of LGBT people is an indoctrination of young people, which, of course, is ridiculous,” he said. “But this is a great step in letting people know how diverse this country is. Visibility is always the most important thing in any civil rights movement. Now, kids can learn about us at an early age when they’re less subject to prejudice and biases.”

More here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/education/eye-on-education/article91509262.html


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