Feel-good, self-esteem history is taking over the California curriculum, writes Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee. The state now requires accentuating the positive about a long list of groups with more clamoring for inclusion.
One by one, California’s many ethnic and cultural communities have sought legislation that requires schoolchildren to be taught about their “role and contributions” in the state’s history, and also bans instruction that depicts them negatively.
To date the list singled out for mandatory attention are “men and women, black Americans, American Indians, Mexicans, Asians, Pacific Island people and other ethnic groups” while another section of state school law bans instruction “which reflects adversely upon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, handicap, national origin or ancestry” and still another prohibits textbooks or other materials “reflecting adversely” on the same grounds.
A proposed bill would include gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the happy-history group; another bill adds Italian-Americans to the list. Hindu nationalists are suing because the state-adopted textbook isn’t pro-Hindu enough, in their opinion. With so many ethnic groups (and genders) in California, there will be no time left to teach anything but what Walters calls “cultural propaganda.”