The ever-vigilant office of Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gave White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre an “F” on Friday, after she claimed the governor wants to “block” advanced high school students from studying African American history.
“It is incomprehensible that — to see that this is what this ban, or this ‘block’ to be more specific, that DeSantis has put forward,” Jean-Pierre read from her magic book following news that the DeSantis administration rejected the College Board’s Advanced Placement course for African American studies.
“If you think about the study of Black Americans, that is what he wants to block,” she stated. “And again, these types of actions aren’t new, they are not new from what we’re seeing, especially from Florida, sadly.”
Clearly, whoever writes what Jean-Pierre dutifully reads to the press on a daily basis didn’t do their homework, as DeSantis’s press secretary Bryan Griffin was quick to point out.
“[email protected] is demonstrably incorrect,” Griffin tweeted. “Again.”
“The study of African American history is not only permitted in FL but required by law,” he continued. “In fact, the teaching of African American History has been expanded in Florida since @GovRonDeSantis took office.”
.@PressSec is demonstrably incorrect. Again.
The study of African American history is not only permitted in FL but required by law.
— Bryan Griffin (@BryanDGriffin) January 20, 2023
“Explain this,” demanded one Twitter user, who posted a copy of the letter from the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), in which the Office of Articulation wrote, “the content of this course is inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value.”
“In the future,” the office added, “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.”
Explain this pic.twitter.com/jIMdo8tWSP
— Anny G (@MrsAnnyG) January 20, 2023
At issue isn’t the teaching of African American history, it’s the inclusion of Critical Race Theory (CRT), which violates Florida state law.
Manny Diaz Jr., Florida’s Commissioner of Education, explained it perfectly.
“Despite the lies from the Biden White House, Florida rejected an AP course filled with Critical Race Theory and other obvious violations of Florida law,” he tweeted. “We proudly require the teaching of African American history. We do not accept woke indoctrination masquerading as education.”
Despite the lies from the Biden White House, Florida rejected an AP course filled with Critical Race Theory and other obvious violations of Florida law. We proudly require the teaching of African American history. We do not accept woke indoctrination masquerading as education. pic.twitter.com/Anw7Ui2JJv
— Manny Diaz Jr. (@SenMannyDiazJr) January 20, 2023
The Florida Department of Education added, “Florida has robust African American instructional standards, which can be found at the link below.”
— Bryan Griffin (@BryanDGriffin) January 20, 2023
Under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ leadership, Florida has led the charge against “woke” ideology.
From protecting young students from being indoctrinated with notions of “gender fluidity” to pushing back against the Biden administration’s border crisis, DeSantis has made a fearless stand against what Blaze Media host Steve Deace calls “the Spirit of the Age.”
DeSantis has taken more scalps and drawn more blood from the Spirit of the Age than any other living Republican. And yet it's still willing to flaunt/test him with these child groomer shows in Florida. So imagine how it sees your run-of-the-mill pansy/feckless Republican? pic.twitter.com/WLVtUg8pO3
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) December 30, 2022
As BizPac Review previously reported, in December, the popular governor announced that Florida is yanking $2 billion worth of assets from global money management behemoth, BlackRock Inc., in opposition to the company’s environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) policies in a move that Reuters called the largest divestment by a state over ESG policies.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 2, 2022
With the “Stop WOKE Act,” aka, the “Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employee Act,” introduced in December 2021, DeSantis vowed to, “take on both corporate wokeness and Critical Race Theory.”
“In Florida we are taking a stand against the state-sanctioned racism that is critical race theory,” the governor said at the time. “We won’t allow Florida tax dollars to be spent teaching kids to hate our country or to hate each other. We also have a responsibility to ensure that parents have the means to vindicate their rights when it comes to enforcing state standards. Finally, we must protect Florida workers against the hostile work environment that is created when large corporations force their employees to endure CRT-inspired ‘training’ and indoctrination.”
Gov. DeSantis introduces ‘Stop WOKE Act’ targeting CRT training by schools, corporate America https://t.co/vJ34CWq7jO
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 16, 2021
Speaking from the podium, Jean-Pierre did her best to incite fury, facts be damned.
“They didn’t block AP European history. They didn’t block our music history. They didn’t block our art history,” she stated. “But the state chooses to block a course that is meant for high-achieving high school students to learn about their history of arts and culture. It is incomprehensible.”
“As submitted, the course is a vehicle for a political agenda and leaves large, ambiguous gaps that can be filled with additional ideological material, which we will not allow,” Griffin replied, according to The Hill. “As Governor DeSantis has stated, our classrooms will be a place for education, not indoctrination.”
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