DeSantis rips Critical Race Theory, says it won’t be in Florida curriculum
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Critical Race Theory will be explicitly excluded from Florida’s new statewide civics education, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said while unveiling the program.
The Republican governor addressed the academic study while discussing his proposed $106 million initiative to support a new civics curriculum for students at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
“A high-quality education begins with a high-quality curriculum, which is why we’re going to be laser-focused on developing the best possible civics instruction standards,” he began.
“Florida civics curriculum will incorporate foundational concepts with the best materials, and it will expressly exclude unsanctioned narratives like critical race theory and other unsubstantiated theories.”
Critical Race Theory dictates that race is an underlying dynamic of all human interaction and views the human experience as a constant power struggle between races.
Current US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona helped implement a critical race theory curriculum for Connecticut students while operating the state’s school system.
Under DeSantis’ proposal, which will be paid for with pandemic-related federal funding directed at states, teachers would be incentivized to get credentialed in civics instruction with a $3,000 bonus.
Of the $106 million allocated to the program by DeSantis, about $16.5 million will go toward training for educators.
DeSantis, who is widely viewed as a 2024 presidential contender, defended his position by disavowing the academic study.
“Let me be clear, there is no room in our classrooms for things like Critical Race Theory,” he said to some applause from a group of supporters, “Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.”
Teaching children the theory, DeSantis continued, was “trying to make people view each other based on race.”
“Our schools are supposed to give people a foundation of knowledge, not supposed to be indoctrination centers, where you’re trying to push specific ideologies.”
Then-President Donald Trump ardently defended his move to cease racial sensitivity training requirements during the first 2020 presidential debate against then-candidate Biden in September.
“They were teaching people that our country is a horrible place, it’s a racist place, and they were teaching people to hate our country,” the 45th president said on the debate stage, “And I’m not going to allow that to happen.”
With Post wires
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