Florida’s Board of Education announced Thursday a ban on critical race theory and curricula that could “distort historical events” from being taught in public schools.
Gov. Ron DeSantis called the Marxist ideology “really toxic.”
“I think it’s going to cause a lot of divisions. I think it’ll cause people to think of themselves more as a member of a particular race based on skin color, rather than based on the content of their character and based on their hard work and what they’re trying to accomplish in life,” DeSantis said.
The new law states classes must “be factual and objective, and may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence.” It also instructs teachers to have conversations with kids “appropriate for the age and maturity level of the students.