Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared on Wednesday that a controversial student curriculum called “Critical Race Theory” would no longer be permitted in the state’s public schools.
During a news conference in Naples, the popular Republican governor denounced the curriculum as divisive, racist, and anti-American.
“There’s no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory,” he said. “Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.
Gov. @RonDeSantisFL announces Florida's curriculum will "expressly exclude…Critical Race Theory."
“There's no room in our classrooms for things like Critical Race Theory. Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.” pic.twitter.com/7y2b40GqDk
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 17, 2021
“So we will invest in actual, solid, true curriculum, and we will be a leader in the development and implementation of a world-class civics education,” he continued.
DeSantis vowed that Florida will invest in “actual, solid, true curriculum” and would be a “leader in the development and implementation of a world-class civics education.”
A Heritage Foundation report released in December found that the intent behind Critical Race Theory is to “create a new social reality” by tearing down Western values and institutions and replacing them with ideas rooted in Marxism.
The report noted the “revolutionary” objectives of the theory which has infiltrated federal government agencies and public school curriculums all over the country where training sessions denouncing so-called “white privilege” have been held.
The “well-established” ideology is “driving decision-making according to skin color—not individual value and talent,” the report said, adding that the intolerance the theory advances is becoming “normalized” due to corporate implementation and favorable media coverage.
“Americans should defend civil rights, and we should actively work to eliminate racism in the U.S. and anywhere it exists,” noted authors Jonathan Butcher and Mike Gonzalez, in their backgrounder, “Critical Race Theory, the New Intolerance, and Its Grip on America.”
They further noted that “these noble aims are not the stated intentions of CRT’s founders.”
“The origins of Critical Theory can be traced to the 1937 manifesto of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, colloquially known as the Frankfurt School. One of the first examples of what has come to be called the Western Marxist schools of thought, the Institute modeled itself on the Moscow-based Marx-Engels Institute,” they wrote.
“The manifesto, written by the school’s second director, Max Horkheimer, claimed that traditional theory fetishized knowledge, seeing truth as empirical and universal. Critical theory, on the other hand, ‘held that man could not be objective and that there are no universal truths,’” the report continued. “This relativism was inherited from Friedrich Nietzsche and filtered through the dialectics of Georg Friedrich Hegel and his best-known disciple, Karl Marx.”
Recently obtained documents by Heritage Foundation fellow and researcher Christopher Rufo showed that white employees at one of the nation’s nuclear weapons labs were also being forced to undergo Critical Race Theory instruction.
“The National Nuclear Laboratory in New Mexico was holding a critical race theory-based training in which they took their white male executives to a resort and forced them to go through a series of trainings to deconstruct their white male identity, which was consonant with the [Ku Klux Klan], MAGA hats, mass killings,” he said, according to The Daily Signal.
“The [Federal Bureau of Investigation] was holding intersectionality training for FBI employees, the Justice Department was teaching the tenets of critical race theory, and even the Treasury Department was holding training sessions outlining how the United States was a fundamentally racist and irredeemable country,” he added.
Rufo’s findings led then-President Donald Trump to issue an executive order banning federal agencies from utilizing the curriculum. As one of his first official acts, however, President Joe Biden signed an order reversing Trump’s action.
“CRT is purposely political and dispenses with the idea of rights because it blames all inequalities of outcome on what its adherents say is pervasive racism in the United States,” the Heritage backgrounder said.
“CRT has become the academic body of work that underpins identity politics, an ongoing effort to reimagine the United States as a nation not of individuals and local communities united under common purposes, but as one riven by groups based on sex, race, national origin, or gender—each with specific claims on victimization,” the authors added.
“The government at all levels should get out of the business of creating official identity categories, without which identity politics would wither away.”
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