MACCLENNY, Florida – The burning issue of critical race theory was a topic of discussion on Wednesday when the Florida Department of Education leadership held a public forum in Baker County.
The forum at Macclenny Elementary School was the third and final public forum on the recently revised plans for Florida student academic standards in several areas, including civic and government education, Holocaust education, and education. character.
The discussion precedes a Florida Board of Education meeting Thursday in Jacksonville. During the meeting at Florida State College in Jacksonville, the board is expected to approve a rule change that will ban the teaching of critical breed theory in Florida K-12 public schools.
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Critical Race Theory examines how racism has led to laws and other policies that continue to negatively affect communities of color in America.
“A good example is when, in the 1930s, government officials literally drew lines around areas considered to be of low financial risk, often explicitly because of the racial makeup of the inhabitants. Banks subsequently refused to offer mortgages to blacks in these areas, ”Education Week wrote. “Today, these same patterns of discrimination persist through policies that do not take into account race, such as single-family zoning which prevents the construction of affordable housing in favored neighborhoods with a majority white and, thus, hinders the efforts of racial desegregation. “
Many people who spoke during the public commentary at the meeting at Macclenny Elementary felt the theory should be included.
“I hope we don’t just talk about slavery in our public schools, when it’s the only black struggle we talk about, it makes people think that black suffering ceased in the 19th century – I thinks it’s important that we talk about the systems that were in place after slavery was abolished, ”one person said.
“Just because some people want it to go away doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be talking about it or discussing it. So what happens to teachers who want to do this? another person said.
Critical race theory has become a recent target for Republicans, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump.
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During a segment last weekend on Fox News, DeSantis discussed the upcoming Jacksonville Board of Education vote and plans to ban critical race theory in schools.
“Next week I have my education commissioner [Richard Corcoran] go to our school board, ban it, ban any deviation from the exact story and follow our standards, ”DeSantis told host Dan Bongino. “It’s something we have to stay at the forefront of. Nor are we, Dan, going to support a Republican school board candidate who supports critical race theory in 67 counties or who supports mandatory masking of schoolchildren. And so, like you said, these local elections are important, we’re going to involve the political apparatus of Florida so that we can make sure that there isn’t a single Republican school board that is indulging in a theory. criticism of the breed.
DeSantis called the curriculum a division.
Critics of the push to ban critical race theory from Florida schools said it was an attempt to whitewash history and limit discussion of how race affects society.
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