As students begin to head back to school for the fall, some will find a new curriculum in their classes. This month, Maryland and Illinois announced new standards that would require lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history be taught in public schools. For example, the Illinois law requires that history classes “include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.”
Those who support adding LGBTQ+ history to curriculum argue that it has long been absent from the classroom. They believe that students should be taught the history of all groups of people and that failing to do so will have a negative impact on the mental livelihood of students.
Those who oppose teaching LGBTQ+ history in public schools argue that questions of sexuality and morality should be discussed by parents with children, not by teachers. This side fears that having the government involved in this intimate issue will harm family values and the control that parents have in shaping the morals of their children.
What do you think? Should LGBTQ+ history be included in state curricula?