California: Sikh History to Be Taught in Schools
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Welcome to the new improved California, now with a Democrat supermajority in state government and an increased dedication to utopian diversity. Surely earthly paradise is about to break out in the Golden State with such a confluence.

One item in diversity bliss is the decree from Sacramento, signed by Gov Jerry Brown into law in September, that Sikh history would be taught as a part of the curriculum in California schools. School superintendent Tom Torlakson visited a middle school on Saturday to proclaim the good news of expanded mandatory education about diversity, the state religion.

Too bad a violent Sikh-on-Sikh ethnic rumble occurred the very same day — unfortunate timing, that.

Apparently one faction of the tribe was miffed at another, and brought those famous knives to the fight:

Stabbings, melee at Yuba City Sikh temple, Marysville Appeal-Democrat, November 10, 2012

Two men were stabbed, a third was assaulted, more than a dozen were pepper-sprayed and several others were hurt Saturday night during a brawl outside the Tierra Buena Sikh Temple in Yuba City.

“It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened here,” said Dave Chima, a temple director. “It’s just awful.”

No arrests were made, the Sutter County Sheriff’s Department said. [. . .]

But not to worry, California students will learn that Sikhs have a lovely gentle culture, and the kids probably won’t hear about the 1985 terror bombing of an Air India airliner that killed 329 people, long blamed on Sikh militants.

Diversity enriches us all, doncha know.

Sikh Awareness, CBS 47 TV, November 11, 2012

Dozens of people met inside Lincoln Middle School in Selma Saturday to listen to the state superintendent of schools, Tom Torlakson.

Torlakson informed folks that changes are coming to the history and social studies curriculum being taught in our public schools due to the recent passage of senate bill 15-40

By 2014, textbooks will feature images and information which tell the story of the Sikh community

“Their contributions over the last 100 years to the economy of California and bringing their strength of values to California,” Torlakson said. 

The hope is that through education students worshiping the Sikh religion will face less scrutiny on campus.

“One of the problems our children are facing in the schools is harassment and bullying because there is still misunderstanding,” Sharnjit Purewal, member of the Sikh Council of Califronia said.

Gurdeep Shergill is a 4th grade teacher at Fresno’s Polk Elementary.

“This is a great step to teach our fellow Americans about who the Sikh Americans are and plus saying no to bullying. No child should be bullied. Every child should feel safe at school,” Shergill said

Sikh leaders say the more people know, the more likely they are to understand that they are peaceful people.

Basically our core belief is we’re all children of god, so we shouldn’t hate each other. We should love each other,” Purewal said.

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