TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) — Legislation banning the teaching of critical race theory and other ideas that make some uncomfortable continues to move through the state legislature.
The sponsors said they wanted history, not historical theories taught in the classroom.
Examples of what cannot be taught in the classroom under the law include Holocaust denial or minimization, or that the purpose of the American legal system is to maintain white supremacy.
Sponsor Bryan Avila said almost everything else was fair game.
“Everything must be taught from an objective point of view. Really what we’re trying to prevent is whatever ideology or point of view they have in order to basically distort the material so that someone feels some angst,” Avila said.
Of the dozens of people who spoke, most said it was okay if their children were made uncomfortable at times.
“It’s not the discomfort in class that I fear for my children. It’s indifference,” said mother-of-three Rachel Gunter Shapard.
The American Family Policy Council was one of the few to speak out in favor.
“Systems of supremacy, white guilt and other similar concepts are not historical facts. They are ideologies,” said Aaron DiPetro of the American Family Policy Council.
And the Florida Education Association argued that it would be an additional burden on teachers.
“We have a severe teacher shortage, and this bill does nothing to help recruit and train high-quality teachers,” said FEA’s Michael Monroe.
“No one in the state of Flordia should feel any anguish or guilt for anything, quite frankly they were not part of what happened in our nation’s history a very long time ago,” he said. explained Avila.
Businesses can also face prosecution for discrimination under the law.
The legislation, which is a top priority for the President-Governor, still has a committee meeting in the House and Senate before heading to the full chambers.
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