UPDATED 8:25 PM PT – Thursday, March 18, 2021
Fla. Governor Ron DeSantis (R) banned “critical race theory” from being taught in schools in his state over its harmful political effects.
“There’s no room in our classrooms for things like ‘Critical Race Theory,’” DeSantis said. “Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.”
DeSantis noted “critical race theory” is an unsupported set of ideas that stirs division within society. He added, he will implement a new program that will direct $106 million to Florida schools to encourage teachers and students to explore the real foundations of the nation.
This Civic Literacy Excellence Initiative will build on the success of the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative that we launched last year and I look forward to working with the Florida Legislature to make it a fixture in schools across our state.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 17, 2021
“Part of the reason you have some of the divisions is because you don’t have a common foundation that all citizens are referencing in terms of understanding the American Revolution, the Constitution,” DeSantis stated. “[And] understanding people like Lincoln, understanding what we did in World War II, [and] fighting the Cold War. All these important things that are so important, some people — I think — reference. I think other people reference something totally different.”
DeSantis noted an additional $16.5 million will be given to teachers who are willing to elevate civics education in their schools.