Sunday, February 12, 2023

ANNALS OF DeSANTISTAN: The College Board slams Florida for what it calls 'slander' of AP Black history course. (NPR, February 12, 2023)

ANNALS OF DeSANTISTAN: Boy Governor RONALD DION DeSANTIS and his meritless attack on education, hoist on its own petard by College Entrance Examination Board.  Three cheers!

From NPR:

The College Board slams Florida for what it calls 'slander' of AP Black history course

Marta Lavandier
Florida officials claimed the new AP African American Studies course has a "political agenda," but the education nonprofit says state leaders never made any concrete suggestions on how to change it.
The College Board is hitting back at top officials in Florida over the state's ban on a new AP African American Studies course that's being piloted in several states.
In a lengthy statement released Saturday, the national education nonprofit said it should have more quickly addressed claims by Florida's Department of Education that the course was indoctrinating students and lacked educational value, which the College Board called "slander."
The organization also said that Florida's public and private objections had no bearing on changes the College Board made to the final curriculum of the course, which it released earlier this month.
"Florida is attempting to claim a political victory by taking credit retroactively for changes we ourselves made but that they never suggested to us," the College Board said in a statement.
"While it has been claimed that the College Board was in frequent dialogue with Florida about the content of AP African American Studies, this is a false and politically motivated charge," the statement said. "We had no negotiations about the content of this course with Florida or any other state, nor did we receive any requests, suggestions, or feedback."
NPR has reached out to the Florida Department of Education and the governor's office for comment and will update when they respond.
The African American Studies course is the latest addition to the College Board's Advanced Placement, or AP, program, which allows high school students to take classes for college credit.
In January, the Florida Department of Education rejected the new course, with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis's press secretary Bryan Griffin saying it was a "vehicle for a political agenda."
Florida's Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. called the course "woke indoctrination masquerading as education."
DeSantis has signed a number of laws recently that restrict what can be taught in Florida schools. One such law – officially called the "Parental Rights in Education" law but dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill by critics – bans classroom discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity under certain circumstances. Another law, known as the Stop W.O.K.E. Act, limits how issues of race can be taught.
The College Board now says it should have come out more strongly against the criticisms by Florida officials sooner and that its "failure to raise our voice betrayed Black scholars everywhere and those who have long toiled to build this remarkable field."
The organization clarified that the course framework is only an outline, and certain controversial topics such as Black Lives Matter were always optional in the pilot program and not required to be taught.
The College Board reserved some of its strongest language for Florida officials themselves, who it said made "audacious claims" about getting the College Board to change the course curriculum but in reality offered no concrete suggestions to the organization when given multiple chances during months of correspondence.
"We have made the mistake of treating FDOE with the courtesy we always accord to an education agency, but they have instead exploited this courtesy for their political agenda," the organization said in its statement. "After each written or verbal exchange with them, as a matter of professional protocol, we politely thanked them for their feedback and contributions, although they had given none." 

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Anonymous said...

Woke is just the bare minimum of how people should treat each other in a civilized society. Republicans don't like these concepts because the right wing thrives on class division, us versus them, in groups and out groups, winners and losers, and haves and have nots. Without division and a constant stream of enemies, the right wing cannot survive. Republicans always claim that teaching about race and racism is divisive, when in actuality they don't want it taught so that division will be maintained.

Anonymous said...

Trump will wreck his chances for the presidency by throwing a tantrum like likes of which the country has never seen. Trump will run 3rd party and split the vote rather than see Ron DeSanctimonious beat him. Then Trump will lose and Ron DeSanctimonious will end up a Pontevedra mullet fisherman taking shots of whiskey on the beach with Bill McClure.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, the worst thing that Republicans can do is go against the woke and fall into that trap. It might win them local or state elections but it's going to continue to hurt them in national elections. The "culture war" is not winnable for them and they should understand that and stick to policy. Otherwise, their right wing counter culture will be just as irrelevant as any other fad that might sweep across America. Then what will they have besides a reputation for being that guy who placed a "kick me" sign on his own back? What is the end game of taking a stance against teaching social studies?