New California law prohibits "mom" or "dad" in textbooks-Fiction!

New California Legislation Prohibits the Terms “Mom” and “Dad” in School Textbooks-Fiction!

  Summary of eRumor:
The eRumor says that new legislation passed in California would cater to homosexuals by not allowing state textbooks to have any references to “mom” and “dad.”  

The Truth:

SB1437 was a bill designed by its authors to prohibit discriminatory content in state textbooks.

There isn’t any place in the language of the bill that eliminates references to “mom” and “dad,” but what is there has brought controversy. 

What the bill would do is change the wording of the state education code.  The current code says “No teacher shall give instruction nor shall a school sponsor any activity which reflects adversely upon persons because of their race, sex, color, creed, handicap, national origin, or ancestry.” 

SB1437 would change that to: “No teacher shall give instruction nor shall a school district sponsor any activity that reflects adversely upon persons because of their race or ethnicity, gender, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion.”  It would require instruction in social sciences and the early history of California to include study of the “…role and contributions of men, women, various ethnic groups and and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.”

The phone numbers for the California governor’s office are correct as of this writing.

Updated 8/8/06