For months, the Florida Department of Education and the College Board have been at loggerheads over the institution of a proposed Advanced Placement African-American studies course for high school students.
The state finally announced last week that it was rejecting the course, noting six areas of concern and works by Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, bell hooks, Angela Davis, and other black authors.
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Manny Díaz Jr. discussed the issue publicly for the first time at a press conference monday. They argue that the course is a Trojan horse to «indoctrinate» students with a left-wing ideology under the guise of teaching about the black experience and African-American history (which is required in the state).
DeSantis’s critics, including the White Househe has been accused of censoring ideas he doesn’t like, blocking African-American studies in general, and engaging in homophobia because the state refuses to allow the teaching of Black Queer Studies, which is one of the six points of concern. (The others are Intersectionality, Movement for Black Lives, Black Feminist Literary Thought, Reparations Movement, and Black Struggle in the 21st Century.)
in a declaration last week, the College Board said the course was «undergoing a rigorous, multi-year pilot phase, gathering feedback from teachers, students, academics and policymakers.»
The Florida Standard, a conservative outlet, first published The curriculum. It was also shared with NBC News by a source in Florida.
read through Curriculum which Florida has rejected below. The names of the people involved in its creation have been removed.