Gay history. One might wonder if there aren’t more important things for Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) to be worried about, but we suppose there aren’t any concerns more paramount than indoctrinating the next generation of children into the progressive doctrine. Thus it was that Pritzker signed into a law a new bill that will force public schools to incorporate “a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State” into their American history textbooks.
We are particularly eager to hear all about the many contributions transgender people have made to the formation and sustainability of the United States. Should be extremely instructive.
“Each public school district and State-recognized, non-public school shall, subject to appropriations for that purpose, receive a per-pupil grant for the purchase of secular and non-discriminatory textbooks,” reads the legislation. “In public schools only, the teaching of history shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State. The teaching of history also shall include a study of the role of labor unions and their interaction with government in achieving the goals of a mixed free enterprise system. No pupils shall be graduated from the eighth grade of any public school unless he or she has received such instruction in the history of the United States and gives evidence of having a comprehensive knowledge thereof.”
Wow, when you combine a mandate of gay history with a mandate of labor union history, you’re being just a little bit obvious, are you not? Why not just add in: “Each textbook will come with a full-color poster of Barack Obama, which every student will hang in their respective lockers (mandatory).”
“One of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints,” said Illinois State Sen. Heather Steans in a statement. “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.”
Sorry, but we find it rather difficult to believe that teaching kids about the first gay slave or the transgender woman who invented an electric can opener for birds is really going to do anything about rates of harassment in the school hallways. We’re sure, though, it will set the stage quite nicely for the LGBT movement to spring their next agenda surprise on the country, whatever kookery it may turn out to be.