A school district or charter school in this state shall not include in its program of instruction any courses or classes that include any of the following:
1. Promote the overthrow of the United States government.
2. Promote resentment toward a race or class of people.
3. Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.
4. Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of people as individuals.
I do have a problem with this bill, because I'm a consistent libertarian who doesn't believe the government should meddle in all things. But some people are less consistent. If the government should set interest rates, should encourage & discourage behaviors like smoking and hybrid-car buying, should prevent irresponsible corporations from failing, should fund public education, then of course it should intervene in what can and cannot be taught in public education. It already does that. It's always done that. Ever since the government got in the business of educating our children for us.
For the record, this law would've banned at least a third of the courses I took in college and graduate school, if only because of point #2. Instead of racial resentment and "solidarity," I'm with the Dalai Lama, who wrote in his 1999 book, Ethics for the New Millennium,
In order to overcome our tendency to ignore others' needs and rights, we must continually remind ourselves of what is obvious: that basically we are all the same. I come from Tibet; most of the readers of this book will not be Tibetans. If I were to meet each reader individually and look them over, I would see that the majority do indeed have characteristics superficially different from mine. If I were then to concentrate on those differences, I could certainly amplify them and make them into something important. But the result would be that we grew more distant rather than closer. If, on the other hand, I were to look on each as one of my own kind--as a human being like myself with one nose, two eyes, and so forth, ignoring differences of shape and color--then automatically that sense of distance would fade. I would see that we have the same human flesh and that, moreover, just as I want to be happy and to avoid suffering, so do they. On the basis of this recognition*, I would quite naturally feel well-disposed toward them. And concern for their well-being would arise almost by itself... Cultivating contentment is therefore crucial to maintaining peaceful coexistence.
*[Casey's note]: this turn, hinging on the phrase, "on the basis of this recognition," is a very articulate defense of the idea that ontology must precede ethics (or that ethics will follow naturally from "right perception," as the Buddhists would phrase it).