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Florida Board of Education prohibits Critical Race Theory lessons in public schools

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Riverdale Elementary School, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Critical race theory is officially off the lesson plan for teachers in Florida Public Schools after members of the Florida Board of Education approved a rule prohibiting teachers from giving personal views on American history on Thursday.

Critical race theory is a 40-year-old academic concept with the core idea that racism is a “social construct,” and that it is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but something embedded in legal systems and policies.

Governor Ron DeSantis opened the meeting saying we need to educate kids about historical facts, and that slavery, civil rights and the Holocaust are already taught in our schools.
Miami-Dade teacher Dr. Maria Piro, who is from Cuba, says textbooks are already indoctrinating students and it must be stopped.

Governor Ron DeSantis is made it clear, he wants American history taught by the book, but supporters and opponents agree teachers should encourage critical thinking and offer kids the true history of this country.

Educators say CRT alleges that racism is part of everyday life, and white people who don’t intend to be racist may nevertheless make choices that fuel racism.

Some critics claim that the theory advocates discriminating against white people in order to achieve equity.