Saturday, January 21, 2023

White House calls Florida rejection of AP African American studies course ‘incomprehensible' (The Hill)

Not only incomprehensible. Cruel. Racist. Insensitive, illogical, unconstitutional and hateful,  

This bumptious Boy Governor and his idiotic energumen entourage are a clear and present danger to our constitutional rights.  

UnAmerican, uncouth, unkind and unhinged.  

Enough flummery, dupery and nincompoopery from the likes of goofy gooberish Flori-DUH Governor RONALD DION DeSANTIS and his ignorant ilk. 

From The Hill:

White House calls Florida rejection of AP African American studies course ‘incomprehensible’

The White House on Friday called it “incomprehensible” for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to block a new Advanced Placement (AP) course for high school students on African American studies.

“It is incomprehensible to see … this ban or this block, to be more specific, that DeSantis has put forward,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters, noting the Biden administration does not play a role in dictating school curriculums.

Jean-Pierre called the decision by DeSantis’s administration unsurprising, however, given some of the other actions the governor has taken on education in recent years.

“They have banned more books in schools and libraries than almost every other state in the country. And let’s not forget, they didn’t block AP European history, they didn’t block music history or art history, but the state chooses to block a course that is meant for high-achieving high school students to learn about their history of arts and culture,” she said.

The White House previously sparred with DeSantis over legislation that prohibits teachers of young children from discussing gender or sexuality in the classroom.

In rejecting AP African American Studies, the Florida Department of Education wrote in a letter to the College Board Florida Partnership that “the content of this course is inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value.”

The letter, signed by the department’s Office of Articulation, did not name which law the course violated or what part of the curriculum it was objecting to. 

Florida has banned schools from teaching “critical race theory,” which aims to understand systemic racism in the United States. Most experts on the subject have said it is not taught in elementary or high schools, but opposition to the concept has become a rallying cry for Republicans.

Last year, DeSantis signed legislation called the Stop WOKE Act, which restricted how racism can be taught in schools. The law, which stands for Stop Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees, prohibits any instruction that could make someone feel “personal responsibility” for historic wrongdoings because of their race, sex or national origin.


Anonymous said...

Government in Florida in general is deplorable and an insult to humanity. They don't levy adequate taxes and put them to good use. They don't solve social problems but only exacerbate them. The money they do collect, they hoard and then brag about budget surplus as if that's some big accomplishment. There is no high speed rail thanks to Rick Scott. The prison system is a running human rights violation. The state is an economic free for all with the only solid guaranteed right being the right to exploit and be as nasty as one feels like being towards others if one chooses. Not to mention there's a mental health epidemic with most people not receiving adequate and effective services. Housing is expensive and wages aren't keeping up with even inflation. Conservative trains of thought dictate that the natural order of things should be the status quo no matter how bad things get. After all, jails function to correct any and all problems in society for those who can't afford to buy their way out of them. Otherwise, Florida is a dumping ground for those looking for warmer weather after they've been successful somewhere else. Rural Florida is about as dead end as one could expect rural Russia to be. What has been the predominant and most politically influential party in Florida over the last 20 years? This is who can be blamed for the shortcomings in the state of Florida.

Anonymous said...

The right wing uses religion, anti-government propaganda, and lies by omission to achieve their means. No other teachings are allowed. What kind of freedom is this? Freedom for the right wing and of course freedom for the rich and freedom t-shirts for everyone else.