Last month, the governor of Oregon, Kate Brown (D), signed legislation that would require curriculum promote what is best described as Critical Race Theory – or Identity Politics – and LGBTQ-oriented material to all ages, including elementary schools. Additionally, books that don’t teach on LGBTQ history will be banned from the classroom altogether.
House Bill 2023, which was signed on June 4, is set to take effect in January of 2020. It requires LGBTQ content in all history, geography, economics, and civics textbooks. Full adherence to the new regulations will be required by September of 2026.
According to Family Policy Alliance, “Oregon House Bill 2023 [requires] all history and government textbooks to include the ‘roles and contributions’ of historical figures based not on their actual accomplishments but instead on their sexual preferences and perceived gender identity.”
The law states, “Instructional materials for the above courses should include perspectives of individuals who are of Native American, African, Asian, Pacific Islander, Chicano, Latino or Middle Eastern descent; are women; are disabled; are immigrants or refugees; are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.”
Essentially, what is being demanded by the State of Oregon is Critical Race Theory (which deals with more than just ethnicity or racial identity), insisting that people be viewed by their chosen identity group. This is also sometimes called Identity Politics, the severing of people into distinct groups identifying either as the oppressed or as the oppressors.
The summary on the subject by the Oregonian legislature cites the state of California as a role model on the subject of child indoctrination.
Oregon currently ranks 36 out of 50 states in education, and a pathetic 48 out of 50 in graduation rates. The overall graduation rate in Oregon increased by merely one percent in 2016 (still ranking the state at #48), because schools are increasing the graduation rates of black and non-English speaking students by 3-4%. Still, less than 3 out of 4 Oregonian students will graduate high school, and even fewer are proficient at basic skills like reading.
But hey, at least now Oregonian academic under-achievers will know about all the contributions to American history by the LGBTQXYZ community like…well, we can’t really think of any.