The Florida Board of Education has officially said no to a form of critical race theory in public schools.
Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Republicans opposed the divisive curriculum which they consider a form of far-left indoctrination.
The newly adopted rule, which occurred after a four-hour meeting today in Jacksonville where about 30 speakers on both sides participated, does not specifically mention critical race theory per se, but the messaging about how U.S. history, civics, and government should be taught is definitive.
The rule reads: “Instruction on the required topics must be factual and objective and 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.”
It also clarifies the role of teachers in that they “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 views.”
In addressing the state board this morning via a remote hookup, DeSantis similarly said “We have to do history that is factual I think it’s important that when we’re doing things like history that it’s grounded in actual fact over narrative…We need to be educating people, not trying to indoctrinate them.”
The victory came in the midst of a national and statewide battle against progressive lawmakers who are trying to push the abusive language of racism on American children.
National columnist, and founder of BizPac Review, Jack Furnari has been on the front lines of a recent battle in Palm Beach County, Florida. Furnari quickly praised DeSantis for supporting the classroom ban.
“Governor Ron DeSantis has saved the children of Florida and Palm Beach County from hate and division by standing up to neo-racists like Alexandria Ayala, Debra Robinson, Erica Whitfield of the Palm Beach County School Board,” said Furnari. “God Bless Governor DeSantis.”
Furnari previously took the Palm Beach County school board to task for including a plan to dismantle structures rooted in so-called white advantage in its mission statement, which is a similar concept embodied in critical race theory and social justice.
The statement drew fire from parents throughout the district, many of whom said it was, in and of itself, divisive and racist, leading board members to drop the reference to white advantage last month in a close 4-3 vote.
The now-abandoned language was vigorously pushed by board members Ayala, Robinson, and Whitfield. The board’s reversal, however, came on the heels of a possible lawsuit over a BLM link on the school board’s website.
The embattled school board responded to Thursday’s vote, “The School District of Palm Beach County has taught, and will continue to teach, the standards as adopted by the Florida Department of Education.
Florida’s education system exists to create opportunity for our children. 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. pic.twitter.com/ludv7ARgNP
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 10, 2021
“No child should be classified as a ‘victim’ or ‘oppressor’ based on their race or ethnicity,” said Christina Pushaw, the governor’s press secretary asserted about today’s state school board development.
“The bottom line and objective of education is not to introduce ideology and fight political battles – it’s to prepare our students to be great citizens. It’s not telling you what to think, but how to think, and to think critically – with the ultimate goal of ensuring Florida students become well-rounded, civically minded, productive members of society,” added DeSantis Communications Director Taryn Fenske.
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