Florida Board of Education Approves Rule Banning ‘1619 Project’ from Classrooms
The Florida State Board of Education passed a new rule Thursday banning critical racial theory and the use of material from the controversial "1619 Project" in the state's classrooms.
During a board meeting on Thursday, Governor Ron DeSantis said the state must have an education system that "favors facts over narratives." He said that meant keeping “outrageous” approaches such as “critical racial theory” out of schools.
DeSantis stated that state law requires the teaching of slavery, civil rights and more and "should be taught". However, he argued that teachers should not go beyond historical records and paint a portrait of a rotten nation.
Both Critical Racial Theory and the 1619 Project have been touted by educators and other progressives last year as the nation faced racial reckoning caused by the murder of George Floyd.
According to experts, the critical race theory assumes "that racism is anchored in society and institutions".
The nationwide implementation of the theory in classrooms has sparked an outcry from parents, some of whom have received e-mails from their children's schools on the subject of "decentering whiteness at home" or elementary school-aged children reading "a book on whiteness" have, the "color" suggests matters "and encourages them to analyze" the painful truth "about their" own family "in relation to potentially racist behavior.
Meanwhile, the New York Times "1619 Project," a feature on slavery in the United States aimed at changing the perception of American history and changing the way we teach in schools, won the 2020 Pulitizer Prize for Commentary. According to However, after careful scrutiny by historians and politicians, the Times issued clarification on the project.
Historians have described the 1619 edition of the New York Times magazine, of which she was the lead essayist, as "a very unbalanced, one-sided account" and "wrong in many ways." Critics describe the project as “not just ahistorical”, but “actually antihistorical”.
The new rule comes after the Republican governor has been speaking out against critical racial theory in schools for months. After failing to convince Florida lawmakers to consider a measure banning ideology when promoting a civics initiative earlier this year, he asked Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran and the State Council to enact such a rule, so the Miami Herald.
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