Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made his move and promised to take action to ban schools in Florida from teaching critical race theory. He said it was ‘offensive’ to make taxpayers fund “teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other.”
Speaking to reporters in Pensacola DeSantis said, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. The Florida Board of Education is meeting and they are addressing this. And I told them they need to address this, and we’ve got to do it.” (See video Below)
“I mean, first of all, it’s offensive — here we are celebrating tax savings — it’s offensive to the taxpayer that they would be asked to fund critical race theory, that they would be asked to fund teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other,” he said to loud applause.
“It’s also based on false history when they try to look back and denigrate the Founding Fathers, denigrate the American Revolution, doing all these different things that even very liberal historians say is not supported by the facts,” he said.
“We need to make sure civics is a priority, but it needs to be taught accurately. It needs to be taught in a fact-based way.
“Not an ideological-based way, and if we have to play whack-a-mole all over this state, stopping this critical race theory, we will do it.
“We’ll be taking action.
“Don’t you worry,” he said.
The State Board of Education on June 10 will consider a proposed rule that says teachers “may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence.”
The proposal also aims to ensure teachers do not “indoctrinate or persuade students to a particular point of view” that is inconsistent with state standards.
One target is what is known as critical race theory, which is based on the premise that racism is embedded within American society and institutions.
During a news conference Friday in Pensacola, DeSantis said he told education officials “they need to address this, and we’ve got to do it.”
DeSantis added, “(History) needs to be taught accurately, it needs to be taught in a fact-based way not an ideological-based way. If we have to play whack-a-mole all over this state stopping this critical race theory, we will do it.”
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"It's offensive to the taxpayer that they would be asked to fund critical race theory. That they would be asked to fund teaching kids to hate their country and hate each other." pic.twitter.com/xlVAnrNNqb
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