Should LGBT history be taught in schools?
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Should LGBT history be taught in schools?

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The Illinois Senate recently approved a bill that would require LGBT history be taught in public schools. Last year, California became the first state to adopt LGBT-inclusive textbooks, and many think more states should follow suit. But others argue teaching LGBT history violates religious freedom, and teachers shouldn't be required to tell students it's okay to be gay. But if we teach African-America history in schools, why wouldn't we teach LGBT history? What do you think?

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The Illinois Senate approved a bill that would require LGBT history be taught in public schools.

[The bill] mandates elementary and high schools teach a unit studying "the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State."
The bill reflects other current laws that require students learn about other groups such as African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans.

Last year, California became the first state to approve LGBT-inclusive history textbooks for use in public schools.

"Approval of these textbooks means that California schools will now have access to approved materials that accurately represent LGBTQ people, and Equality California applauds the State Board of Education for this historic decision," [Equality California's executive director, Rick Zbur] said.

It just makes sense that LGBT history should be taught in schools. We teach African-American history, why shouldn't students learn about the many civil rights movements central to American history? 

But not everyone agrees. Some conservatives, like Fox News host Tucker Carlson, argues teaching LGBT history legitimizes homosexuality and violates the religious beliefs of teachers and students. Carlson likened the bill to "propaganda" and thinks kids should not be taught a history that is "politically charged."

The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson called the bill “propaganda” on Fox & Friends on Tuesday. Co-host Brian Kilmeade asked: “Should public school teachers be ordered to tell their students why it’s OK to be gay?”
“At any age, teaching propaganda is wrong,” Carlson said. “No one is suggesting, and no one, as far as I know in the modern age, has ever suggested that people who are gay not be included in history. I mean, that’s ludicrous.” But, he said, this bill “would teach kids politically charged facts that are not the whole story. It would lie to kids, it would prevent schools from teaching things that somehow reflected poorly on a group that has political power.”

Teaching history is important, but changing history to appease modern-day sensitivities is wrong. Conservatives believe an LGBT curriculum would be inherently political and we should just leave our history textbooks alone.

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