US Florida Board of Education bans critical race theory
'Held hostage': How critical race theory moved from Fox News to school boards
In towns nationwide, well-connected conservative activists, and Fox News, have ramped up the tension in fights over race and equity in schools.Jeff Porter, superintendent of a wealthy suburban school district in Maine, had no idea that his community was about to become part of a national battle when in the summer of 2020 a father began accusing the district of trying to “indoctrinate” his children by teaching critical race theory.
The Florida Board of Education decided on Thursday to ban critical race theory from the classroom, .
"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," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said after the decision.
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.
What is critical race theory, and why do Republicans oppose teaching it in schools?
Republicans have rallied behind efforts to stamp critical race theory out of schools. So what is it, and why the controversy?The catch? Baked into the legislation is an effort to stamp out conversations about race and equity. Lawmakers in a growing number of states — including Kentucky, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and West Virginia – have introduced bills that would prohibit schools from teaching "divisive," "racist" or "sexist" concepts.- Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis)
A host of Republican-led state legislatures around the country have been working to , which seeks to examine history and the law through the lens of race.
Video: Florida Board of Education bans critical race theory from school curriculums (FOX News)
Critics of critical race theory reject the notion the theory proposes that America's founding was built on racism and American institutions today are still inherently racist.
Proponents of the theory say America's founding and institutions today are inherently racist and teaching it in schools gives children the opportunity to learn about institutionalized racism.
‘Children deserve to be taught’: Teachers plan protests over laws restricting racism lessons in schools
Teachers in more than 22 cities will rally at historic sites to protest GOP-led laws that restrict discussions of race and racism in history class.It wasn’t until George Floyd’s murder in May 2020 that Middleton, a high school special education teacher in Springdale, Arkansas, began to scrutinize history lessons that didn't include multiple perspectives or discussions of lasting implications. He wants his own son to get "a more complete history" of how the nation was founded, 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," said DeSantis.
"As the Governor of Florida, I love this state, and I love my country. 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. We will not stand for it here in Florida. I'm proud that we are taking action today to ensure our state continues to have the greatest educational system in the nation," he added.
The Florida Education Association opposed the ban and pleaded with the board to at least take certain language out of the new rule including "indoctrinate," according to the local outlet.
"Students deserve the best education we can provide, and that means giving them a true picture of their world and our shared history as Americans. Hiding facts doesn't change them. Give kids the whole truth and equip them to make up their own minds and think for themselves," Florida Education Association President Andrew Spar said before the ban was put in place.
Ted Cruz Says Critical Race Theory is 'Every Bit as Racist as Klansmen in White Sheets' .
"Critical race theory says every white person is a racist," the senator said during a Faith & Freedom conference.The Texas Republican made the remarks during the Faith & Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority Conference. Cruz, former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Senator Rick Scott and other GOP leaders will address the conference, aiming to build momentum ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.