Kudos to Hannah Furfaro and The Bee for the article highlighting the Valley’s dearth of sex ed.
Fresno Unified Trustee Brooke Ashjian is wrong in saying the topic of homosexuality doesn’t belong in the classroom, particularly in light of the upcoming 800th birthday of the Magna Carta, the start of England’s path to constitutionalism.
Our legal system, including the Bill of Rights, embraces part of the British Constitution. Due process and equal treatment, rooted in the Magna Carta, are in the toolkit used by our judicial branch, under separation of powers, to assure continued supremacy of the Constitution and core American values.
The 14th Amendment is already the basis for the Lawrence v. Texas decision and will likely be part of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision — deriving a state-level corollary to United States v. Windsor — due in June.
Equal treatment under law was once merely the Founders’ espoused value and political experiment in the Declaration and Bill of Rights. It is now a robust value-in-action through wider legal protection, more nearly honoring the universality of inherent personal dignity and worth. This ongoing national improvement will light up the better high school civics and history classes for generations.