History helps us understand past events that shape our present. We learn about people who influenced society for better or worse. History class can inspire students to admire and emulate people of conviction, courage and action.
Throughout my schooling, I had not known the subject to delve into actors' sexual behavior. That is not appropriate because it is mostly irrelevant and unsuitable for discussion in a classroom.
Elgin Rep. Anna Moeller introduced HB5596, her "Inclusive Curriculum" bill, in February. This bill, which is currently in the Rules Committee, "requires every public elementary school and high school to include in its curriculum a unit of instruction studying the significant role of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in society ... When possible, adults, including school district employees who openly identify as LGBT and other openly LGBT adults in the community that the school district may decide to consult with, should be involved in the development and delivery of this instruction at the discretion of the LGBT individuals."
Public schools should stay out of the campaign to normalize the homosexual lifestyle. Many of Moeller's constituents, such as Orthodox Christians and Jews, understand texts in both the Old and New Testaments to forbid homosexual acts. We would like our beliefs treated respectfully, just as we respect the beliefs of others. This bill sets up a conflict for some students by elevating practicing homosexuals as role models.
Most important historical events can be taught without reference to the sexual practices of individual actors. Public schools should stick to teaching history and other basic subjects that will prepare children for work and citizenship. Teachers should model and teach the golden rule, "treat others the way you would like to be treated", which is appropriate for all students. Let parents handle divisive religious and political topics.