Tallahassee, FL – Florida has become the latest of at least seven states to ban critical race theory from all public classrooms.
The Florida Board of Education unanimously adopted new rules on Thursday aimed at protecting children from teaching theories with the potential to “distort historical events,” according to WFTV.
Under the mandate, civics and history curricula “must be factual and objective, and may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the civil rights movement and the contributions of women, African American and Hispanic people to our country,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.
“Examples of theories that distort historical events and are inconsistent with State Board approved standards include the denial or minimization of the Holocaust, and the teaching of Critical Race Theory, meaning the theory that racism is not merely the product of prejudice, but that racism is embedded in American society and its legal systems in order to uphold the supremacy of white persons,” the Florida rule reads.
Teachers are also banned from sharing “their personal views” and from making attempts “to indoctrinate or persuade students to a particular point of view,” according to NBC News.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis lauded the measures and declared children should be provided with facts instead of “trying to indoctrinate them with ideology,” WFTV reported.
“Teaching kids that the country is rotten and a racist institution that is wrong and not worth any taxpayer money,” DeSantis said.
He said he is committed to stopping schools from “teaching kids to hate their country,” and from presenting history in a way that would “denigrate the Founding Fathers,” according to the Orlando Sentinel
Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Idaho, and Arkansas have all passed similar bans, The Washington Post reported.
New Hampshire HB544 also seeks to prevent critical race theory from being taught to public schoolchildren.
Under the Critical Race Theory worldview, all races are in a constant power struggle and policy is created through the consideration of which race will benefit most.
Critics of Florida’s new law have insisted such bans are attempts by conservatives to block efforts to address racism by refusing to teach children history that doesn’t focus solely on white people, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Northside Coalition of Jacksonville President Ben Frazier denounced the Florida ban, calling it “an effort to white-wash, cover-up and candy coat history,” according to the paper.