Yesterday we reported on a new Gender Studies curriculum mandated in California that has caused a public outcry. Parents from every walk of life have come out against this mandate, and have so far successfully delayed its implementation.
Such strong opposition has even lead a primary supporter of this new curriculum, Democratic Assemblyman Jose Medina, to delay by a year a bill making this course mandatory.
The bizarre jargon used in the draft curriculum opens a window into how far out of the mainstream advocates of this approach have gone. Terms unfamiliar to most people have been developed for this, and scrutiny of these terms which you will probably not find in your dictionary is enlightening.
“Misogynoir” is a term invented to mean hatred against black women in particular, as though that exists. It is not the often-imagined hatred of women, or even hatred of blacks, but hatred of black women that is the problem described by this term.
A glossary released with the draft curriculum explains its many bizarre terms. “Hxrstory” is another term it uses, and it is not a typo as most people would infer.
Instead, it is a deliberate misspelling of “history” in order to “x” out the “his” in “history”. “Throughout this model curriculum,” the course states, “language is used that deliberately offers an alternative to traditional wording…”
So the curriculum deliberately misspells certain words in order to advance its ideology of contorted logic. The draft curriculum brazenly declares: “As such, it can grow its original language to serve these needs with purposeful respelling of terms.”
The curriculum is not kinder to parents than it is to history. Rather than try to engage parents in education, parents are disparaged by California curriculum as part of the problem.
A generation ago, what started in California then spread to the rest of the country, such as no-fault divorce, hippies, the drug culture, and Hollywood values. But perhaps the humorous slogan from nearby Las Vegas should apply to the Left Coast: what happens in California should stay in California.