Florida is the latest state to bar critical race theory, an intellectual movement that’s been around for decades which seeks to expose racism in American life that’s become a bugaboo of overdue for conservatives.
The Florida Board of Education voted 8-0 Thursday to guide Florida teachers to not”share their personal view” or”indoctrinate or persuade students to a particular point of view” from the classroom.
While the language does not specifically mention critical race theory by title, it will effectively prohibit the theory from being educated to the more than 2.8 million children enrolled in Florida public schools.
It hasn’t yet been taught in Florida public colleges, but the proposal was heavily pushed in recent weeks by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who said critical race theory”encourages children to hate our country and to hate each other.” Some educators criticized the proposal, saying it whitewashes U.S. background and calling it political in character.
The Florida Education Association, the state teachers union, rallied against the rule and proposed an amendment to express guidelines that could”reflect a more diverse America than are represented in our founding documents,” that was taken down.
Critical race theory emerged in the seventies and is founded on the notion that white supremacy is systemically upheld from the U.S. by the legal system and other powers set up, and is not solely perpetuated by individuals’ racist actions. Critical race theory began to draw backlash from conservatives on the national stage after the New York Times Magazine published a series about U.S. history called the 1619 Project that puts the role of racism and slavery front and center in U.S. history. The project includes resources so teachers can use the material in classrooms, which led to Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced a bill last year that would slash federal funding to schools that teach the “1619 Project,” which was not passed. In December, former President Donald Trump launched a panel he called”the 1776 commission” that aimed to promote”patriotic schooling ,” in reaction to the undertaking.