The Florida Board of Education approved on Thursday a rule advanced by Gov. Ron DeSantis to prohibit the teaching of certain ideas about race and history. This includes so-called Critical Race Theory.
The rule says instruction on the required topics must be factual and objective: “It cannot suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and it cannot define American history as anything other than the creation of a new nation based largely on principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence.”
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The rule came as part of a 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 that “is not the only issue.”
Meanwhile, Governor De Santis maintained that Florida’s education system exists to create opportunities 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” De Santis wrote on Twitter.
Last month, DeSantis argued it was offensive to ask the taxpayer to fund Critical Race Theory. The theory is a movement of academics and civil rights activists in the United States who seek to critically examine the law when it intersects with issues of race.