The Lambda History Series – LGBTQ History Courses for Primary & Secondary Education
Lambda Men’s Brotherhood, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is seeking $100,000 or more in crowdsource funding out of $500,000 in grant funding needed to develop, produce and distribute free online LGBTQ History courses for primary and secondary home school, in-classroom and independent student education. The Lambda History Series is an exceptional opportunity to educate hundreds of thousands—indeed millions -- of children each year in LGBTQ history so as to enable a more informed citizenry and to enrich the lives of LGBTQ children in the mostly untold story of their collective history.
“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Starting with 35,000 primary and secondary school students in year two when the courses first roll-out, the Lambda History Series seeks to eventually provide LGBTQ history courses to 1.5 million students per year by the end of the program’s 5th year at a minimal cost of 75¢ per course user.
From a General Need to a Specific Need
There are three principal groups in need of LGBTQ History Series courses, namely: · In-Classroom students (56.6 million). · Homeschool students (2.5 million). · LGBTQ students (2.5 million).
In-Classroom (In-School Remote) Need
As of 2019, there are 56.6. million elementary and secondary school students in the U.S. Presently, six states (California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Oregon) now mandate or include teaching of LGBTQ history in public schools. LGBTQ textbook curriculum is limited or sparse for most in-class students. Moreover, Covid-19 has led to a substantial increase in on-line remote education for primary and secondary students. The courses will be designed to “plug and play” into existing in-class history curriculum. As an Example, Oregon requires teaching: “the perspectives of individuals who are of Native American, African, Asian, Pacific Islander, Chicano, Latino or Middle Eastern descent; are women; or are disabled; immigrants or refugees; or are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.” … [and] the “roles and contributions” of LGBTQ+ people in “geography, economics, and civics.”
Homeschooling is lawful in all 50 States with over 2.5 million children being home schooled in the US annually. According to a U.S. Dept of Education report in 2013, motivations for homeschooling go far beyond religious considerations (64% of parents), with factors such as “concern about the school environment” (91% of parents), “dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools” (74% of parents) and “provide a non-traditional approach to education” (44%) also being significant. The marketplace for home school curricula – indeed for all primary and secondary curricula -- engenders a critical need to teach LGBTQ history in a way that will be educationally effective to develop and inspire a better informed and more socially cognizant citizenry.
Specific LGBTQ Need
In particular, the Lambda History Series will serve as a historical resource for millions of LGBTQ students in the U.S. (and possibly other countries). Gallup surveys show 4.5% of the adult population identifies as LGBTQ. Of those 56.6 million primary and secondary students in the U.S. each year, approximately 5% or 2.5 million students are likely LGBTQ children. Of the 2.5 million home schoolers mentioned earlier, approximately 5% or 125,000 students are likely LGBTQ children. All LGBTQ students deserve exposure to the history of the individual and collective experiences of people like themselves in order to better self-actualize.
Lack of LGBTQ History Courses
A survey of materials presently available on LGBTQ history for primary and secondary students indicates a jejune, sparse offering of non-interactive downloadable handouts, timelines and comic books. Moreover, most history and social studies textbooks fail to include LGBTQ history as a subject matter in any respect. As an example, while many complete curricula are available from a wide variety of secular and religious sources, many families that homeschool choose to use a variety of resources to cover the required subjects. In fact, it is not uncommon for a homeschooled student to earn a number of college credits from a 2- or 4-year college before completing the 12th grade. A lack of historical knowledge is bad. By way of a related comparison, the U.S. Millennial Holocaust Knowledge Survey found that 63% of millennials didn’t know how many Jewish people were killed during the holocaust.
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -- George Santayana
Goals: Projected Impact / Benefit
So why teach history? According to the American History Association, teaching history has myriad identifiable benefits such as: - Helping students understand people and societies. - Helping students understand change and how the society they live in came to be. - Understanding the importance of history in their own lives. - Contributing to moral understanding. - Providing identity. - Being essential for good citizenship. - Helping students develop critical reasoning skills, including the ability to assess evidence, to assess conflicting interpretations, and to experience assessing past examples of change. - Creating a more knowledgeable workforce of business people, professionals and politicians. The Lambda History Series is an efficient use of grant resources: over the first five years the cost is 75¢ per projected student user. A sample calculation showing the homeschooling goal: based only on (1) 25% of H.S. kids being raised in secular homes (500,000 children) and (2) the three courses are over a typical 12-year educational plan, we expect to reach 125,000 or more students annually beginning in the 5th year. By the end of the 5th year, the Lambda History Series seeks to provide LGBTQ history courses to 1.5 million primary and secondary school students annually.
“It is hugely important that every child understand the complexity of human history in all its different dimensions in order to have a full understanding of the past, present and possible futures...” -- Time.com, GLSEN Executive Director, 2019
Description of History Courses
Three levels of courses are planned for age appropriate groups: 3-4th grade, 6-7th grade and High School. Course length will vary between 4-8 or more hours depending on course level. After the first year a high school college equivalent course will be developed and released after appropriate educational curriculum accreditation. The Lambda History Series courses will be free of charge and available online so as to maximize accessibility and distribution opportunities among student users. Depending on the course-level appropriateness, course curriculum will be culled from a broad cross-section of relevant historical topics including ancient history, civil rights, jurisprudence, cultures, historical figures and HIV. Lambda’s commitment to quality scholarly education requires experts preeminent in their fields. A multifaceted marketing approach to parents, educators and more independent students will be employed to take advantage of the rapid digitalization of educational opportunities and programs.
“History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.” -- John F. Kennedy
As the courses will be online fewer physical resources such as paper will be needed. Online educational courses typically have a relatively small carbon footprint due to low natural resource utilization.
The first-year budget need is $500,000 while subsequent years will be lower starting at $300,000. Expenses inlcude academic costs, production and website costs, marketing, program director and personnel costs, legal, general and adminstrative costs.
Lambda Men’s Brotherhood, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to build a legacy of LGBTQ philanthropy by raising funds for identified critical needs in the community. Established in 2008 as an all-volunteer organization, Lambda began as a small non-profit hosting The Leather Masked Ball® annually as well as a number of other community events in South Florida. It has donated over $250,000 to other direct service non-profits. LMB is transitioning to a professional non-profit in 2020. In addition to the Lambda History Series program, LMB is rolling-out several other major initiatives.: - Additional chapters in select cities in the U.S. to serve the bespoke needs of those communities. - LifeDance, a dance marathon event similar to charity runs and other performance fundraising events. - An online LGBTQ thrift store called TraderBlu.com.
“We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.” -- John F. Kennedy
This plan is a summary of our more extensive program plan. We welcome hearing from grant providing institutions, donors and people who want to help. Contact Us at email@example.com.
This crowdsource campaign does not constitute a solicitation of a donation in any state or jurisdiction where such solicitation may not be made or is unlawful.
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