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History Curriculum and the FAIR Act

FAQ SURROUNDING the new HISTORY CURRICULUM for 2019-2020 and OPT-OUT REQUESTS

Question: Shouldn’t I have the right to opt my child out of course content because discussion of gender and gender identity falls under the umbrella of sexual education?

Answer:   No, a discussion about gender and gender identity is not considered sexual education (unless human reproductive organs and their functions are also part of the discussion).  Education Code sections 51937 and 51938, subdivision (a)(4), permits a parent to opt their child out of comprehensive sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention education.  However, this opt-out does not apply to instruction, materials, presentations, or programming that discusses gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, discrimination, harassment bullying, and intimidation.  (Ed. Code, § 51932.) 

In other words, under the updated guidelines, students will learn age-appropriate facts about what really happened in history, but lessons will not include the intimate details of historical figures’ lives. Lessons about morality or sex are not part of the guidelines and are left entirely for parents to discuss with their kids at home.

Question:  What happens if my student refuses to complete assignments related to specific curriculum, or does not attend class during specific curriculum discussions?

Answer:  Your student will not receive credit for the portion of the assignment that is not completed.  In addition, unless your student’s absence is considered excusable under Education Code section 48205, his/her absence will be mark unexcused. 

Question:  Can’t the District adopt curriculum which references influential people in history like Sally Ride or Harvey Milk, but without using gender or lifestyle preferences?

Answer:  No. The purpose of the FAIR Act is to include the contributions of all Americans in social sciences instruction as well as to stop the spread of negative stereotypes of individual or groups in school activities. For more information please See SB 48 Legislative History. However, the District does have the final say on what content is taught to students, what materials used to teach content, and what appropriate grade level content is taught in. 

FAIR Education act

The Fair Education Act amends the California Education Code for Elementary and Secondary School’s chapters on Required Courses of Study and Instructional Materials: 
 

§ 51204.5. Instruction in social sciences shall include the early history of California and a study of the role and contributions of both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups, to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.

§ 51500. A teacher shall not give instruction and a school district shall not sponsor any activity that promotes a discriminatory bias on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, nationality, or sexual orientation, or because of a characteristic listed in Section 220.

§ 51501. The state board and any governing board shall not adopt any textbooks or other instructional materials for use in the public schools that contain any matter reflecting adversely upon persons on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, nationality, or sexual orientation, or because of a characteristic listed in Section 220.

§ 60040. When adopting instructional materials for use in the schools, governing boards shall include only instructional materials which, in their determination, accurately portray the cultural and racial diversity of our society, including: (a) The contributions of both men and women in all types of roles, including professional, vocational, and executive roles.

(b) The role and contributions of Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups to the total development of California and the United States.

(c) The role and contributions of the entrepreneur and labor in the total development of California and the United States.

§ 60044. A governing board shall not adopt any instructional materials for use in the schools that, in its determination, contain: (a) Any matter reflecting adversely upon persons on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, nationality, or sexual orientation, occupation, or because of a characteristic listed in Section 220.

(b) Any sectarian or denominational doctrine or propaganda contrary to law.

interested in viewing dry creek's curriculum?

If you'd like to view Dry Creek's new History instructional materials in person, you may do so by calling 916-770-8857 and making an appointment during the District Education Center's normal business hours of 8am-4pm Monday through Friday. The District Education Center is located at 8849 Cook Riolo Road, Roseville, CA 95747. 

If unable to come in person to the District Education Center to view instructional materials, you may review them online using the below instructions:

Kindergarten through Fifth Grade - Pearson: myWorld Interactive

1. go to www. pearsonrealize.com 

2. click "log in"

3. enter a username of CAHSS-Reviewer

4. enter a password of  Pearson1

Sixth through Eighth Grade - National Geographic

6th Grade - Ancient Civilizations

7th Grade - World History Medieval and Early Modern Times

8th Grade - US History American Stories