Netherlands to include same-sex couples in textbooks

Published: August 26, 2010

Amsterdam: The Netherlands was the first country in the world to grant same-sex marriages and allow gay and lesbian couples to adopt children. Now the Dutch are taking the next logical step and are introducing same-sex couples into the nation’s schoolbooks. However, not everyone in the country approves.

Two fathers go out to buy a guinea pig that costs 17.95 euros in the pet shop. The shop owner gives them a discount of 20 percent. How much must Jan’s fathers pay?

In the near future, math books could be posing this question, or one like it, to school kids in the Netherlands. Soon the country’s geography and foreign language textbooks will no longer be able to ignore the reality of same-sex parenting in Holland.

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