Florida bans teaching critical race theory in schools
June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Florida has become the latest state to ban critical race theory, continuing the growing charge by Republican lawmakers against schools teaching about systemic racism.
(CNN)Florida has become the latest state to ban critical race theory, continuing the growing charge by Republican lawmakers against schools teaching about systemic racism.
After hours of debate and public comment Thursday, the Florida State Board of Education unanimously approved the amendment banning critical race theory.
The amendment states topics must be "factual and objective," and specifically prohibits "the teaching of Critical Race Theory, meaning the theory that racism is not merely the product of prejudice, but that racism is embedded in American society and its legal systems in order to uphold the supremacy of white persons. "
But critical race theory, according to scholars who study it, explores the ways in which a history of inequality and racism in the United States has continued to impact American society today.
And yet, across the country, local boards of education and states are pushing against teaching the impact of systemic racism and critical race theory in schools, calling it indoctrination.
Idaho, for example, passed a bill in May banning teaching in any public school that "any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior," which, according to that bill, was often found in "critical race theory. "
And in Texas, a small town became divided over an attempt to address racism in its local schools, with a group of residents, politicians and a local political action committee vehemently opposing "critical race theory," claiming it would "indoctrinate children according to extremely liberal beliefs. "