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School doesn’t alter sexuality

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Ten years after graduating Placer High, going on to college, and later a career, I reflect upon some of my history lessons throughout the years—marking Martin Luther King Day as early as preschool, my fifth grade study of Native Americans, and my notes on the Japanese interment for AP U.S. history. Gov. (Jerry) Brown’s signing of SB48 adds to these, the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans to the economic, political and social development of California and the United States. In its article on the passage of SB48, titled “Gov signs bill to teach gay history,” the Associated Press (Journal, July 15-16) quotes conservative activist Randy Thomasson, who seems to suggest that including the study LGBT figures in the classroom is to sexually brainwash children. Thomasson’s statements demonstrate a fallacious understanding in the power of broad-based social studies curriculum. While the study of history can help prepare students for the diversity that awaits them in the real world, it can no more change someone’s sexual orientation than it can their race or ethnicity. After reading Thomasson’s statements on his organization’s website I am left with the question, who is trying to indoctrinate whom? Adam Brearley, Sacramento