The Insanity Of Equality
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The phrase "political correctness run amok" just doesn't sufficiently describe California anymore.
Screwing Up California's Kids
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For decades now, California has been known as the Land of the Fruits and Nuts. Now, the California legislature, which already seems all too intent on ensuring the state's complete financial ruin, has taken political correctness and the LGBT agenda to an entirely new level.
This latest assault on sanity is known as AB 1266. It amends a section of California law known as "pupil's rights," basically pushing for complete gender integration in all aspects of California public schools. The bill is aimed at supposed transgendered students in California public schools, which I am sure are represented in sufficient numbers to justify passage of this travesty.
The bill is ill-conceived, at best, as it leaves the door wide open for the sexual integration of locker rooms and restrooms, with little thought given to the possible ramifications.
The actual text of the amended section of the California Education Code is simple enough. It reads:
A pupil shall be permitted to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil's records.
Now, for those who don't know, California, along with many other states in the US, has certain things known as "protected characteristics," which are basically criteria upon which it is illegal to discriminate against another person. In California, those protected characteristics include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, and this is what brought about the advent of AB 1266.
Separating schoolchildren based on gender makes sense ' gender is a clear delineator, and the physical differences between genders make it fairly easy for school officials to keep children safe when it comes to settings such as locker rooms and restrooms. But introducing "gender identity" into that mix throws all common sense and sanity out of whack, and opens up students across California to, at best confusing, and at worst dangerous situations.
Could you imagine the conversation that would occur when your grade-school-aged daughter came home with all kinds of questions because she saw gender-confused Bobby in the restroom at school? As the father of two little girls, I know that I most definitely would not want my daughters in that situation ' but here in California, I don''t get a say in the matter.
And this is one of the biggest problems with AB 1266: it completely contravenes the wishes of any parents, local schools, or local school districts, and applies a "one size fits all" approach to the issue that happens to come out of one of the wackiest far-left parts of America: San Francisco.
One of the arguments expressed in the California Legislature's "analysis" of AB 1266 is that by segregating students by physical gender, and not allowing for gender identity, it opens up sexually confused and transgender students to discrimination. Personally, I would think that "coming out" as transgendered in this way ' by a physically male student using the girl's locker room or the girl's restroom, or competing on a girl's sports team ' would open that student up to an even greater possibility of teasing or bullying, which is exactly what they purportedly want to avoid. What's more, the "analysis" provided by the CA Assembly Committee on Education cites the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which states "that another student's discomfort sharing a facility with a transgender student 'is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student.'" In other words, if a little girl is uncomfortable changing in a locker room or sharing a restroom with a "girl" who is physically male, then that's just too bad for her.
In other words, for Californians, it doesn't matter how you want to raise your children, and it doesn't matter how uncomfortable your child might be sharing a restroom or locker room with Johnny/Janie, because the State knows best. California's schools are doing so great as it is; we can afford to delve into the confusing mire of gender identity.
And to add even more to the confusion, who is to say that Johnny/Janie can't just use whatever locker room, restroom, or play on whatever athletic team he/she wants to, based on whether he/she is feeling more or less like a he or a she on that particular day? The law states that students will be allowed access to activities and facilities based on their gender identity ' so if a student is "gender confused," how are schools supposed to be able to deal with that, and how on earth do they protect other students from abuse of this regulation? The language of the bill certainly does nothing to that effect ' it merely states that pupils can "use facilities consistent with his or her gender identity." There are no provisions in this legislation to protect other students from potential fraud or abuse ' they just state in their "analysis" that such fraud or abuse is unlikely only because no one in areas where such policies have been enacted has been caught perpetrating any such fraud or abuse'but this completely ignores the fact that a school or district's inability to catch someone in the act in no way means that such an abuse is not or could not take place'and all it would take is one case, and the taxpayers of California would be on the hook for a massively expensive trial or settlement.
Part of the problem in California's education system is that, at the state level, they seem to be more focused on social engineering than they are on educating children. That's how we ended up with a new law back in 2011 requiring California schools to teach students about the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans in history...in addition to existing laws, which already required lessons about the contributions of Native Americans, Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and other groups. Meanwhile, while all of the "contributions" from all of these racial and sexual groupings are becoming the legally-mandated focus in California's history curriculum, fewer and fewer students know about the actual history of our nation.
Overall, AB 1266 is yet another horrible idea from California's Democrat-controlled legislature. Their analysis is based almost exclusively on "studies" done by LGBT special interest groups, along with the cursory brushing off of any opposing viewpoint as irrelevant. All AB 1266 will do is bring more confusion and more distractions to California's already-mediocre public school systems, and leave students vulnerable to abuse.
The phrase "political correctness run amok" just doesn't sufficiently describe California anymore'and as the saying goes, "As goes California, so goes the nation." It's only a matter of time before this disease spreads, continuing to distract teachers and administrators across America from the vital task of teaching students. Personally, I feel sorry for all of the normal people just trying to live their lives in California, who inevitably become mired down in this cesspool of wannabe socialist utopianism. I should know: I'm one of them.
Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)