It is important to teach LGBTQ history in schools. However, information on this important segment of our society are often missing from history books and lessons.
Traditional history has been a part of education in the United States, seemingly forever. We all learned about important events like the Civil War, World Wars I and II and Watergate, just to name a few, and how they helped shape our society.
Additionally, history lessons have focused on individuals and their contributions to our world. We know all about leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Barak Obama. We have learned about explorers, inventors and business people.This has provided our children a greater understanding of how things have changed over time, who has affected change and, hopefully, how they may be able to change the world for the better.
Unfortunately, marginalized groups tend to be absent from the history books and lessons until something happens to include them. We have witnessed this with the African American community. While we are making strides, this inclusion is clearly a work in progress.