The Florida Board of Education (BOE) on Thursday approved a rule initiated by Gov. Ron DeSantis that specifies public schools teach American history based on “universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence” and bans “critical race theory” from being taught.
Amid protests, attempts to disrupt the board from voting, and emotional public testimony from more than 30 opponents and proponents during the hearing at Florida State College’s downtown Jacksonville campus, the BOE adopted an amended rule that specifically bans “critical race theory” (CRT).
The original proposed rule barred teachers from attempting “….to indoctrinate or persuade students to a particular point of view” but never mentioned CRT specifically.
The amendment sponsored by board member Tom Grady in a split voice vote of the seven-member BOE prohibits “fiction or theory masquerading as facts, such as critical race theory.” The amended rule was subsequently adopted unanimously.
The Florida Education Association (FEA), the state’s largest teachers union, was among critics arguing that the word “indoctrinate” in the rule can be interpreted by partisan ideologues any way they want and called on the BOE to expand the definition of “significant historical events” beyond the lone cited example, the Holocaust.
“Let’s be clear, the word ‘indoctrination’ is a political term used for political purposes,” FEA President Andrew Spar told the board. “And that’s what this rule is all about.”
Indoctrination is the exact purpose. They want to teach children to hate themselves and others for the color of their skin. The focus for this brainwashing is on white children, specifically. Teachers tell them they’re “born racist” and they’re imbued with “white privilege” which is part of “systemic racism”. Black kids are segregated into separate classrooms and encouraged to “voice their feelings” and “share experiences about being a kid of color”. Did you get that? Sound familiar? That’s Jim Crow. The new radical ‘woke’ Left wants to regress to pre-civil rights. Parents who voice objections are considered a ‘problem’, and they become targets.
The word “indoctrinate” was not removed but Grady’s amendment adds language specifically addressing teaching the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Civil Rights movement and other “hard truths” of history.
……“Critical Race Theory teaches kids to hate our country and to hate each other. It is state-sanctioned racism and has no place in Florida schools,” DeSantis tweeted before the vote.
“The woke class wants to teach kids to hate each other, rather than teaching them how to read, but we will not let them bring nonsense ideology into Florida’s schools,” he continued. “I find it unthinkable that there are other people in positions of leadership in the federal government who believe that we should teach kids to hate our country.”
In his video, DeSantis claimed “toxic” CRT is “about trying to craft narratives about history” that are “not grounded in facts” in order to “bring ideology and political activism under the guise of education.”
DeSantis said CRT narratives “teach kids that the country is rotten and institutions are illegitimate don’t deserve any taxpayer dollars,” drawing applause from some in the crowd.
“Critical Race Theory” is not a legitimate course of teaching. It’s just another politically motivated racial wedge to drive between people. It’s how the Dem Party caters to minorities via the bigotry of low expectations.