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Critical race theory banned throughout Florida

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 6:21 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Critical race theory is officially banned from public school classrooms throughout the state, after a board of education meeting last night.

The governor said it steers the focus away from factual history and teaches students false narratives about America’s past.

Education officials say this ban will not drastically change the curriculum taught in public schools because it wasn’t taught in the first place, but one teacher’s union member said she thinks it could impact students’ understanding of history for years to come.

“When you say that you can only teach about the creation of a nation based on the Declaration of Independence, that leaves out enslaved people it leaves out native people of this continent,” said Carmen Ward the President of Alachua County Education Association.

Ward said she believes the proposed rule will leave out key elements of America’s history, and that it’s not a teacher’s job to tell students how to think, but rather what to think.

Governor DeSantis called critical race theory toxic as he opened the meeting last night

He said it encourages students to think more about the color of their skin than the content of their character.

“That is preferring fact over narrative,” said DeSantis.

District 12 Senator Dennis Baxley said it’s shocking to him that many feel the way to solve race relations is to make everything about race.

“I think this dividing everyone into racial corners is a deadly path. It is destroying their future when we could all pull together,” he said.

Baxley said he’s pleased with the governor’s decision and hopes people can start looking beyond race.

“Dr. King did a beautiful thing. Our kids should be able to walk together hand in hand and it doesn’t matter what color they are, they’re Americans.”

The proposed rule states that teachers are prohibited from sharing their personal views.

It also bans material from the New York Times 1619 project.

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