Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis just can’t stop winning.
In his latest lib-owning endeavor, the Sunshine State’s plucky governor has assumed the mantle of educator-in-chief of those teachers and members of the country’s illustrious news media who claim to be confused about what is allowed to be taught in the state’s schools come the Fall semester.
“As students head back to their classrooms this fall, I’m happy to clear up any ‘confusion’ the media may have about appropriate curriculum,” he tweeted. ” ✅ Math, Reading, Writing; ❌ CRT, Sexualized Content, Transgender Ideology. Florida schools will educate children, not indoctrinate them.”
As students head back to their classrooms this fall, I’m happy to clear up any “confusion” the media may have about appropriate curriculum:
✅ Math, Reading, Writing
❌ CRT, Sexualized Content, Transgender Ideology
Florida schools will educate children, not indoctrinate them.
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) August 3, 2022
With spirited remarks like these, it’s no wonder conservatives love their Florida Man-in-chief while leftists hate him; but DeSantis’ statements also accord with a wider program, including a law intended to restore a degree of sanity to the state’s educational system — which, as with most states, is largely in thrall to the left-wing ideologies of its activist teachers. DeSantis’ tweet was mainly a response to a breathless Washington Post article in which Florida school officials were described as being “plagued by confusion and uncertainty” about how to incorporate the new laws into their curricula.
But, for once assuming the role of a pedagogue himself, DeSantis quietly assuaged their confusion and uncertainty by spelling things out very clearly and simply: stick to the basics, and leave out the lefty nonsense. It all goes back to House Bill 7, which DeSantis signed into law in April. The bill makes it very clear that the purpose of Florida education is not to inculcate children with the most odious tenets of “Critical Race Theory,” viz.:
- “[That] members of one race, color, national origin, or sex are morally superior;
- “A person, by virtue of his or her race, color, national origin, or sex is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive;
- “A person’s moral character or status as either privileged or oppressed is necessarily determined by his or her race, color, national origin, or sex;
- “Such virtues as merit, excellence, hard work, fairness, neutrality, objectivity, and racial colorblindness are racist or sexist.”
The bill further declares “CRT training to be an unlawful employment practice,” and confers on employees, parents, and students the right to take action if discriminated against through CRT or its training methodology. All in all, it’s a pretty straightforward and unobjectionable bill.
“No one should be instructed to feel as if they are not equal or shamed because of their race,” DeSantis explained. “In Florida, we will not let the far-left woke agenda take over our schools and workplaces. There is no place for indoctrination or discrimination in Florida.”
Combined with his actions against Disney for opposing the “Parental Rights in Education” bill, DeSantis’ moves are widely seen as a shot across the bow to a Left that has grown increasingly bold in seeking to impose its unpopular and totalitarian agendas on the country. The tide appears to be changing as more people in the country chafe under oppressive and stifling left-wing ideology; Ron DeSantis is seen by many as the leader of this emerging conservative counter-revolution.
Even NBC News grudgingly admitted that recent polls — conducted by Democratic firms no less — show that DeSantis’ anti-CRT message is very popular — and not only in Florida but in battleground states as well.
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