Here’s another California first: it’s the first state in the nation to pass a law protecting transgender kids from discrimination. At long last they can use any bathroom they want:
State Assembly Speaker John Perez said it put “California at the forefront of leadership on transgender rights”.Massachusetts and Connecticut have state-wide policies granting the same protections, but California is the first to put them into law.
Now if the legislature could just somehow guarantee a decent education to the tens of thousands of children who fall through the cracks of its ineffective schoolrooms each year. But priorities, priorities! Why make a focused effort to help poor and working class kids get a decent start in life when you can help make upper middle class social activists feel powerful, in charge, and generally good about themselves?To be clear, we aren’t in favor of bullying and prejudice. But we think the first thing a school system has to do is to deliver good basic education to the mass of kids. California’s governing class has a long record and a big history of putting huge amounts of effort and attention on complicated finishing touches while the foundations of its basic systems are falling apart. C.S. Lewis wrote about “the horror and neglect of the obvious”; our governing elites today, and not just in California, have it in the worst way.Jesus of Nazareth put it this way when he was arguing with religious hypocrites who boasted of their finicky zeal for the small stuff even as they neglected the big picture: “You tithe mint and dill and cumin and neglect the weightier matters of the law.” That is exactly what California (and not only California) is doing today: daintily and painstakingly enforcing relatively petty and trivial regulations that affect only a small number of kids while letting tens of thousands fail in a dysfunctional school system that the state has no idea how to fix.