Gov. Ron DeSantis is upping the ante in efforts to prevent far-left indoctrination in Florida.
In June, the state Board of Education ruled out critical race theory in public schools. DeSantis now wants to ban corporate leftism, too, in the form of legislation with the catchy name of Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees (WOKE) Act. DeSantis signed a bill in the same month that expanded civics education in schools to include a presentation about the “evils of communism and totalitarian ideologies” that directly conflict with the founding principles of America.
“In Florida we are taking a stand against the state-sanctioned racism that is critical race theory,” DeSantis explained about the Stop WOKE Act.
“We won’t allow Florida tax dollars to be spent teaching kids to hate our country or to hate each other. We also have a responsibility to ensure that parents have the means to vindicate their rights when it comes to enforcing state standards. Finally, we must protect Florida workers against the hostile work environment that is created when large corporations force their employees to endure CRT-inspired ‘training’ and indoctrination.”
The GOP governor’s office claimed that this bill, if passed, will be the strongest legislation of its kind in the country and would “give businesses, employees, children and families tools to fight back against woke indoctrination.” Among other things, the Stop Woke Act would enshrine the Board of Ed’s rule, which could be subject to reversal under a future Democrat administration, into statutory law.
In the event that arrogant and identity-politics-obsessed school boards continue to be stubborn, the new measure would allow parents to sue and recover attorneys’ fees in the process, the legal term for which is a private right of action.
State education officials will also be given additional powers to hold school boards or other similarly situated administrators accountable.
Watch the announcement by Gov. DeSantis embedded below:
In announcing this initiative today in Wildwood, Fla., DeSantis explained that woke ideology (often advocated by year-zero leftists and so-called equity advocates) “is an attempt to really de-legitimatize our history and de-legitimatize our institutions. I view the wokeness as a form of cultural Marxism…they really want to tear at the fabric of our society and our culture, and things that really we’ve taken for granted, like the ability of parents to direct the upbringing of their kids…”
“They want to de-legitimatize the founding of the country, and the institutions, and they basically want to replace it with a very militant form of leftism that would absolutely destroy this country if that ever took hold,” he continued. “And so we have a responsibility to stand for the truth, to stand for what’s right, and we’re doing it, and we’ve put more resources and emphasis on teaching civics, on teaching people about American history, but we also have to protect people, and protect our kids from some very pernicious ideologies that are trying to be forced upon them all across the country.”
Meghan McCain asks why Democrats are so upset over banning critical race theory if it ‘isn’t real’ https://t.co/PsoQlSwgZx
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“The proposed legislation would make clear that corporations and public sector employers violate the Florida Civil Rights Act when they subject their employees to training that espouses race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating including critical race theory,” Fox News reported.
No reasonable person objects, for example, to teaching American history in all its dimensions, good and bad. What becomes objectionable through CRT and its analogs in schools or in the workplace (sometimes known as the “wokeplace”) is far-left propaganda that positions the U.S. as irredeemable and mythically bifurcated between oppressors and oppressed. No normal person wants to be harassed about politics in the office either.
To the chagrin of the corporate media, “America’s governor” and possible future presidential candidate DeSantis has also effectively balanced Florida’s public health needs with economic and educational considerations as well as preserving individual liberty, privacy, and free speech. It is well documented, moreover, that he is pro-vaccine and pro-therapeutics, but steadfastly anti-mandate.
As a result, Americans from across the country are relocating to the free state of Florida in droves.
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