We can’t say we’re too surprised by this, but then again we can. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed off on a new legislation bill over the last week stating Illinois schools adopt new a new curriculum. State schools will be now teaching the roles and contributions of LGBTQ people in American history. Advocates that pushed for this bill to pass must develop the new curriculum by the next school year. Officials hope this new law will make things more supportive and safe for LGBTQ students in their environments.
How exactly will this curriculum be taught? Will the new curriculum cost? Representatives have stated that the curriculum will come as no cost. Most materials will be free LGBTQ inclusive material must be taught by the end of 8th grade. Chicago based non-for-profit organization, Legacy Project, promotes education in LGBTQ history which in fact will help with the curricular resources. Classrooms will be provided with textbooks and materials that will concide with the history and contributions of LGBTQ people from past to present.
“We’re not creating a new curriculum from the ground up. We’re providing supplemental tools to facilitate this,” Legacy Project founder Victor Salvo said. “In most cases, these LGBTQ figures are people students were already learning about. It’s just been redacted that they’re gay.”
“We hope this will show LGBTQ young folks that people like them have made great contributions to history and society,” said Mike Ziri, public policy director of advocacy group Equality Illinois.
“This also benefits non-LGBTQ students who will learn that a diverse group of people have contributed to society, and we should celebrate and include that diversity today,” Ziri said.
State senator Heather Steans gave the following statement about the new law:
“The bill also includes a section that allows the department to adopt rules “as necessary” for the implementation the law and “to ensure the religious neutrality of the textbook block grant program. One of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints.” An inclusive curriculum will not only teach an accurate version of history but also promote acceptance of the LGBTQ community,”
“It is my hope that teaching students about the valuable contributions LGBTQ individuals have made throughout history will create a safer environment with fewer incidents of harassment,” Steans also said. “LGBTQ children and teenagers will also be able to gain new role models who share life experiences with them.”
Illinois is the 5th state to pass this law requiring LGBTQ history to be taught in schools. As we stated earlier, we’re not surprised by the news. We’re more surprised that LGBTQ history takes a priority over others. From the horse’s mouth, we will never have a problem or bias views on the LGBTQ community. We love everybody equally. We also can’t help but to feel cheated once again. Black history isn’t taught enough. Financial literacy and knowledge being taught in schools could be a major priority over LGBTQ history.
What are your thoughts, views and concerns of the new law? Do you think it’s necessary? Do you believe such curriculum is being forced upon students?
Last modified: August 20, 2019