MCPS Approves First LGBTQ History Course

by MCS Staff

The Montgomery County Board of Education has approved an LGBTQ History course that is being referred to as the first of its kind in the United States.

Per superintendent Jack Smith’s proposal, the goal of the semester-long course is to increase awareness of students to the history, culture, and challenges of the LGBTQ community in America.
The course is designed both for students who identify as LGBTQ+ and for those who do not. For students who identify as LGBTQ+, this course will empower them as they learn about their shared history, culture, and contributions. For students who do not identify as LGBTQ+, this course will increase understanding and acceptance of their peers and others in this community.
The social studies elective course is intended for 11th and 12th grade students, and could be offered as early as next spring in two MCPS high schools and eight other  MCPS high schools during the 2021-2022 school year.
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Max May 12, 2020 - 4:36 pm

Lot of firsts in MoCo. Mandatory volunteer hours being another, which I haven’t seen any other state require. Sometimes there is a reason one is first, because it may have been rejected everywhere else. MoCo schools shift more and more to social engineering by the day and away from education.

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Amy May 12, 2020 - 5:40 pm

I disagree. Service hours are educational: teach compassion, a work ethic, focus outside of oneself, helping the greater good, and maybe discovering a skill, trade or vocation that can serve them well. MCPS teach to the whole student, not just pure academics.
I think this course will be a benefit for many. Whether you agree or not, the LGBTQ community is a social construct and as such can be studied.

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Josh May 12, 2020 - 10:46 pm

It’s an elective course, Max. Calm down.

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Adam May 14, 2020 - 12:32 am

MOCO has also had volunteer hours for years decades even.

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Cookie Kerxton May 12, 2020 - 6:41 pm

This is great. I am proud to be a resident of Montgomery County. All of my children and grandchildren were educated the this county. One of my grandsons is gay. Congratulations on being the first county to do this.

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Rashid May 13, 2020 - 5:10 am

for minors… yeah that’s appropriate. let’s stick to math & science

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Chris May 14, 2020 - 9:56 am

There’s no reason at all those things have to be mutually exclusive. School isn’t just for vocational training and college prep, it’s to learn to exist in a society where people are almost certainly going to be very different from you, and this has the potential to be useful to that end.

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Frank May 19, 2020 - 10:26 pm

Yes for minors! It’s pivotal kids learn things like this at a young age to understand people and the world around them. The world is filled with different people so why shouldn’t we learn about everyone in our community.

MCPS student,

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Stephanie Archer May 13, 2020 - 9:02 am

If we continue online learning, is there any way for students at other high schools to take the course remotely?

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Dave May 13, 2020 - 9:52 am

Irony of ironies. The late Joe Owens, Maryland House Delegate from Montgomery County and House Judiciary Chair in the 70s and 80s was an a very vocal opponent of any law protecting Gay people. In the late 70s, when there was lobbying of the state legislature to pass an anti-discrimination law and revoke the sodomy statute, Owen’s gleefully killed any and all attempts. He hated Gay people. He was a rabid rightist regardless of party affiliation.

It is a beautiful irony that his hatred of Gay people was had little reach in time or place.

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Britt May 14, 2020 - 12:57 am

Exactly; not a requirement!

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Nikon Hill-Coston May 15, 2020 - 2:35 pm

So we going to teach this so you should teach READING and Literacy better. This County worried about the wrong things. Why do we have so many kids that can not read or not reading on grade level. Why are so many of the black and brown falling behind? Why do we spend so much money on the kids that are thriving then the kids that are struggling? Now we need to learn about LBGT( ?)for what, that is a way of life you, want to be with the same gender. Teach Black History month correctly. Teach more than MLK. MCPS, I think its time for you old heads to step down. We need to vote better here.

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Chas May 17, 2020 - 11:44 am

Reading, math, minorities with lower averages, those are actual problems too hard to solve. The think tanks then create problems that do not exist, to come up with ideas to fix, so after a few years can claim success.

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