Fox News' Eric Bolling mischaracterized an education reform bill in California, claiming that "what they want to do" is rewrite textbooks to say that, "by the way, George Washington was a homosexual, or, you know, so and so was a lesbian." In fact, the new law simply requires public schools to include the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans in their curriculum, adding to an existing list of minority groups.
Bolling: Purpose Of CA Education Reform Is To Rewrite Textbooks To Say "George Washington Was A Homosexual"
Bolling: "What They Want To Do" Is Rewrite History Books To Say "George Washington Was A Homosexual." Discussing a California education reform recently signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, Bolling said:
This is California rewriting the textbooks -- the history books -- saying, by the way, George Washington was a homosexual, or, you know, so and so was a lesbian. That's what they want to do. [Fox News, The Five, 7/15/11]
In Reality, The FAIR Education Act Simply Adds LGBT Americans To List Of Other Minority Groups Whose Contributions To History Must Be Taught
LA Times: Law Requires That "School Textbooks And History Lessons Include Contributions Of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual And Transgender Americans." The Los Angeles Times reported:
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday making California the first state to require that school textbooks and history lessons include the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.
In accepting a mandate that California students be taught the accomplishments of gays and lesbians, Brown said that "history should be honest." The bill, he said in a statement, "revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books.'' [Los Angeles Times, 7/15/11]
Sac. Bee: Law Ensures That Historical Contributions Of LGBT Americans Are Included In CA Curriculum. The Sacramento Bee reported that the reform act "requires public instruction in social sciences to include the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, as well as people with disabilities and members of other cultural groups." The article further reported:
It would prohibit teaching from textbooks or other instructional materials that reflect adversely on people because of their sexual orientation. [Sacramento Bee, 7/14/11]
SF Chronicle: New Law Adds Two Groups To "Existing List Of Minority Groups That Are Required To Be Part Of The Social Sciences Curriculum." The San Francisco Chronicle reported:
Textbooks now must include information on the role of LGBT Americans, as well as Americans with disabilities, though California's budget crisis has delayed the purchasing of new books until at least 2015.
"History should be honest," Brown, a Democrat, said in a statement. "This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books."
The governor called the legislation, SB48, introduced by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, "historic."
The law -- the first of its kind in the nation -- adds the two groups to an existing list of minority and other groups that are required to be part of the social sciences curriculum. [San Francisco Chronicle, 7/15/11]
AP: California "Already Requires Schools" To Teach About Women, African Americans, Mexican Americans," And Other Cultural Groups. Associated Press reported:
California law already requires schools to teach about women, African Americans, Mexican Americans, entrepreneurs, Asian Americans, European Americans, American Indians and labor. The Legislature over the years also has prescribed specific lessons about the Irish potato famine and the Holocaust, among other topics.
The new law, SB48, requires the California Board of Education and local school districts to adopt textbooks and other teaching materials that cover the contributions and roles of sexual minorities, as soon as the 2013-2014 school year. [Associated Press, 7/14/11]