(Dmytro “Henry” Aleksandrov, Headline USA) The Florida Department of Education [FDOE] rejected the AP African American Studies course because of its woke content, saying that the course violates Florida law and lacks educational value.
“[FDOE] does not approve the inclusion of the Advanced Placement (AP) African American Studies course in the Florida Course Code Directory and Instructional Personnel Assignments (adopted in State Board of Education Rule 6A-l.09441, Florida Administrative Code),” the department’s letter to Brian Barnes, a senior director of College Board Florida Partnership, stated.
“As presented, the content of this course is inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value.”
“In the future, should College Board be willing to come back to the table with lawful, historically accurate content, FDOE will always be willing to reopen the discussion,” the letter added.
Other things included in the course that FDOE considered inappropriate were topics like “the Black Feminist Movement, Womanism, and Intersectionality,” “Black Power,” “Black Pride,” “Black Queer Studies” and “Afrofuturism.” The course also talks about how it is wrong for white authors to write about the history of black people in America.
Bryan Griffin, press secretary for Gov. Ron DeSantis, said that FDOE thinks the course lacks historical accuracy, serves as a “vehicle for a political agenda and leaves large, ambiguous gaps that can be filled with additional ideological material, which we will not allow.”
“As Governor DeSantis has stated, our classrooms will be a place for education, not indoctrination,” he said.
DeSantis has previously emphasized that it will not allow schools to “twist history.”
“You can’t teach history that’s being used to pursue an ideological agenda. You can’t teach that the foundations of our country were somehow evil. Our founders pledged their lives, fortunes, sacred honor, and they put a marker in the sand,” DeSantis said.