The Florida Board of Education on Thursday approved a rule that Gov. Ron DeSantis advanced in order to ban teaching certain ideas about race and history.
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.”
The rule came as part of a broader push by DeSantis and other Republicans to eliminate what they say are manifestations of critical race theory in schools. DeSantis’ office told Fox News that the rule excludes the term “critical race theory” because “CRT isn’t the only issue.”
“No child should be classified as a ‘victim’ or ‘oppressor’ based on their race or ethnicity,” said DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw.
“Race essentialism in any form is destructive, especially in a diverse society where each person should be judged only by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”
Arguments about CRT in history tend to revolve around assertions in the “1619 Project,” a controversial piece that argues the institution of slavery was the nation’s true founding. According to its author, it also casts doubt on how U. S. history has traditionally been taught by emphasizing slavery’s influence on American society.
In a webinar last month, author Nikole Hannah Jones plainly stated that her project was intended to be supplemental to standard curriculum and that it was intentionally making an argument about… (Read more)