Educating children about the LGBT+ community is important. And several countries across the globe have begun to materalise the idea. Like sex education, there is a need to understand and accept diverse sexuality and gender. So, this can help children grow into individuals who do not discriminate.
On August 9th, 2019 Illinois passed a law that ensures LGBTQ+ inclusive History is taught in the public school syllabus. It then became the fifth state to include to teach about the LGBTQ+ people in public schools.
This, therefore, means that law goes into effect in the 2020-2021 school year.
According to the Illinois General Assembly, the bill “provides that in public schools only, the teaching of the history of the United States shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.”
Consequently, this means that any textbooks bought with state funding must cover “the roles and contributions” of LGBT people, and can’t include content that is discriminatory to any particular gender or sexual orientation.
This inclusion of history will benefit non-LGBTQ+ students. This will probably reduce the amount of bullying abuse, children have to go through. It is important for students to be aware of the LGBTQ+ community.
Finally, the students will be taught the whole story about the achievements of LGBTQ people and the historical events that impacted all of us.
What the Organization had to say?
“LGBTQ+ Equality Organization Illinois said an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum can have a positive effect on students’ self-image and make their peers more accepting. It would get Illinois closer to being a state that tells the whole story of our shared history.”
The supporters said that inclusive history lessons in schools will help teens in having LGBTQ+ role models. The best way to make people aware of the community is through education. It helps in the exposure of viewpoints and understanding of the community as well.
Illinois joins California, Oregon, New Jersey, and Colorado in mandating such an inclusive curriculum.
New Jersey’s law states that it’s up to individual schools and districts to decide what to teach, and how. School boards will individually update their social studies standards in advance of the 2020-21 school year.
In some states, teachers face restrictions on how they can discuss issues of gender and sexuality in the classroom.
Likewise, In India:
Maharashtra Class 11 Sociology textbook teaches about same-sex couples, live-in relationships, and single parents.
A recent syllabus change in the a Maharashtra class 11 Sociology textbook aims to make students more aware and progressive. Thus, it now includes information on same-sex couples, live-in relationships, and single parents.
The progressive step by the Maharashtra government decided to update the class 11-12 Sociology syllabus. It is to reflect the changes in society.
The syllabus is an initiative to teach students about how different cultures come together to create cultural hybridization. And how gender equality has a major role to play in human development.
- The sociology textbook will be published by Balbharti. It is introduced for students from the current academic year 2019-20. The aim of the change in the syllabus is to broaden the viewpoint of students. And to make them understand inclusivity, and educate them about wider cultural norms.
Vaishali Diwakar, the chairperson of the subject committee that framed the new curriculum, “told that as the society was changing, the committee wanted a book that reflected the change since students needed to learn more than just concepts.”
It is to make students aware of the society and the changes and incorporate broader views.
The upgraded Sociology syllabus is set to teach students about the fluidity of family types. It will also talk a lot more about the need for equal pay, and the necessity for women to be in policy-making positions. This is so as to influence the direction of a state’s development.
What do people think?
Most teachers support this change. However, they also feel that they have to ensure students take away the right message from it.
Indian schoolchildren are learning about same-sex couples in a new textbook. And this is the latest sign of shifting attitudes in society.
Finally, one can say that this move by the Maharashtra government was long overdue. All over the country, it acts as a model of syllabus upgrade, since it reflects and promotes a better mindset for a better society. The State Governments of India should implement this step in all school syllabus.
The book breaks away from conventional Indian teachings about family types. This includes nuclear, and joint families. Furthermore, it includes single-parent families, unmarried cohabiting couples and step-parents.
Students should learn about the diverse reality and fiction can help them comprehend it.