Ron DeSantis, Florida’s Republican governor, has refused to allow a new advanced placement course in African American Studies to be taught on high school campuses. It lacks real value,” he argues.
The move is the latest in a series of actions to keep conversations and classes about race, sexuality, and gender identity off state school campuses.
DeSantis formally banned the course in a letter from the state’s education department to the College Board. The College Board is an organization that administers college preparatory exams such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). It also oversees Advanced Placement (AP) courses that enable students to earn college credit in subjects such as English and Chemistry.
January 12th letter to college boardFlorida’s Department of Education, said the course was “inexplicably contrary to Florida law and grossly devoid of educational value.”
In the summer of 2022, the College Board announced that it would launch a pilot program “providing high school students with an introduction to evidence-based African American studies” in 60 high schools nationwide during the 2022-23 school year. It will expand to other campuses next year.
“As with all new AP courses, AP African American Studies undergoes a rigorous, multi-year pilot phase that gathers feedback from teachers, students, academics and policy makers,” the College Board said in a statement. said in
“The course framework piloting and revision process is a standard part of new AP courses and often results in significant changes to the framework,” the statement continued.
A former ally of Donald Trump, DeSantis has been used to fuel social and political unrest, mostly among white Americans, stemming from conversations about race and gender on K-12 public school campuses. plays an active role in In April 2022, he stop wake actseverely limits “race-based” discussion in schools.
He also takes an equally intolerant approach to conversations about LGBTQ+ people.In March 2022, he signed a highly controversial bill into law. ‘Don’t say gay’ billThis policy prohibits education about sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade. It has come under heavy scrutiny nationally from critics who say it belittles LGBTQ+ people and risks setting DeSantis at odds. with Disney employeesis a major source of tourism and employment in Florida.
The DeSantis administration also wants florida Universities asked to disclose the number and ages of students who sought treatments for gender dysphoria, such as gender reassignment surgery and hormone prescriptions. According to the Associated Press, it remains unclear why he is investigating the university for this information.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jan/19/ron-desantis-bans-african-american-studies-florida-schools Ron DeSantis Bans African-American Studies Classes From Florida High Schools.Ron DeSantis