Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has long criticized the leftist ideology and denounced it as harmful and racist. But, in a press conference last month, he made a power move against critical race theory by publicly asking the Florida Board of Education to join his anti-CRT movement.
Gov. DeSantis told reporters, at the time, that critical race theory was “based on false history when they try to look back and denigrate the Founding Fathers, denigrate the American Revolution, doing all these different things that even very liberal historians say is not supported by the facts.” DeSantis doesn’t believe that Floridian tax dollars should go to paying for the racist rhetoric. Instead, the education system needs to “make sure civics is a priority.”
He vowed to have the Florida Board of Education take “action” banning critical race theory saying that if Florida has to, it will “play whack-a-mole all over this state, stopping this critical race theory.”
Now a month later, Ron DeSantis is showing significant returns on the strong verbiage of last month. First Coast News is reporting that “after nearly 30 public speakers, Board members voted unanimously to approve an amendment that bans Critical Race Theory in the classroom.”
Gov. DeSantis was one of the 30 public speakers that hoped to sway the board one way or another. He said, “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.”
Leftist in support of teaching racism to children reportedly chanted:
“Allow teachers to tell the truth. Allow teachers to tell the truth.” The report stated that the board ruled on the agenda item, ‘Approval of Amendment to Rule 6A-1.094124, Required Instruction Planning and Reporting,’ which deals with critical race theory by addressing its lack of factual basis.
The Florida Board of Education message to Florida school districts and instructional staff members was simple: “Instruction on the required topics must be factual and objective.” In addition, the amendment said that instruction “may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence.”
And in case that wasn’t clear enough, it also says, “teachers serve as facilitators for student discussion and do not share their personal views or attempt to indoctrinate or persuade students to a particular point of view.”
The Florida Board of Education just put a stop to left-wing indoctrination camps for now. But it wasn’t because they woke up this year and decided teaching racism to children is terrible. Instead, it took the work of dedicated parents voicing their concerns loudly and consistently to make the change. Be that parent for your children. Stay diligent.
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