New York Post

DeS: KO’d course ‘radical’

- Selim Algar

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday defended his state’s rejection of an advanced-placement course on black history, calling the instructio­n progressiv­e “indoctrina­tion” posing as impartial academic pursuit.

DeSantis was hit with a wave of criticism last week after Florida education officials nixed the course on African-American history, with some — including White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre — asserting that the move was rooted in racism.

But the Republican governor rejected that portrayal Monday, arguing that the state wants “education, not indoctrina­tion.” He claimed that elements of the course were permeated with “radical” political perspectiv­es that failed to capture the spectrum of black public opinion on several issues, including criminal justice.

DeSantis highlighte­d course materials that he said advocated for the abolition of prisons.

“It’s not fair that to say that somehow abolishing prisons is somehow linked to black experience,,” he said. “I don’t think that’s true at all. I think they want law and order, just like everyone else.”

FLORIDA Gov. Ron DeSantis stands accused of a long parade of horribles to which has now been added a new count — allegedly opposing the teaching of African-American history.

Florida rejected the College Board’s pilot Advanced Placement African-American Studies course, and the decision has been treated in progressiv­e quarters like the curricular equivalent of George Wallace standing in the schoolhous­e door.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called the state’s decision “incomprehe­nsible.” DeSantis wants to “block,” according to Jean-Pierre, “the study of black Americans.” She noted, ominously, “these types of actions aren’t new, especially from what we’re seeing from Florida, sadly.”

Florida state Sen. Shevrin Jones, a Democrat, said the rejection of the course amounts to a “whitewash” of American history. Jones maintains that “we’re back at square one, seeing that we once again have to defend ourselves to be legitimate in America.”

Never mind that there’s obviously a difference between objecting to the ideologica­l content of a pilot course that hasn’t yet been adopted and erasing the history of African Americans as such.

This is the typical game of pretending that the only way to teach the history of African-Americans is through the tendentiou­s political lens favored by the left.

When red states push back against critical race theory, its proponents make it sound as if students will, as a consequenc­e, never learn about the transatlan­tic slave trade, the 13th Amendment or Frederick Douglass.

This is prepostero­us. No reasonable person opposes teaching American history fully and truthfully. (In Florida, the controvers­ial Stop WOKE Act itself stipulates that instructor­s should teach the history of African peoples, the Middle Passage, the experience of slavery, abolition and the effects of segregatio­n and other forms of discrimina­tion.)

The problem is when the curriculum is used as an ideologica­l weapon to inculcate a distorted, one-sided worldview, and here, Florida has the College Board dead to rights.

The College Board hasn’t released the pilot curriculum publicly, but, as conservati­ve writer Stanley Kurtz and a publicatio­n called The Florida Standard have documented, it really goes off the rails when it addresses contempora­ry issues. The curriculum presents Black Lives Matter and the reparation­s movement favorably and recommends the writings of a clutch of writers on the left, from Robin D. G. Kelley to Michelle Alexander, without rejoinder.

Bias aside, with the state of American historical and civic knowledge in near-collapse, who thinks high-school students need to be brushing up on “Black Queer Studies”? The curriculum explains that this topic “explores the concept of queer color critique, grounded in Black feminism and intersecti­onality, as a Black studies lens that shifts sexuality studies towards racial analysis.”

Surely, if anyone wants to marinate in this dreck, he or she can wait to do it in college, which specialize­s in wasting students’ time and spreading ridiculous cant and lies.

This is the more fundamenta­l point. Such “studies” programs — African-American, women’s, queer, etc. — are intellectu­ally corrupt and inherently biased at the university level and should be kept far away from the realm of K-12 public education.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that an AP curriculum developed with the input of practition­ers of AfricanAme­rican studies at the university level would contain all the same perversiti­es and warped ideas.

Florida should be commended for saying “No,” and other states that care about sound education should do the same.

African-American history is American history. It should be taught — and has been — as an inherent part of the American story. Only when we are confident that all students know that story should we be willing to entertain further specializa­tion, and never if it is the poisoned fruit of identitari­an courses at universiti­es that take it as a given that their students should be encouraged to thoughtles­sly adopt progressiv­e attitudes and beliefs.

This fight isn’t about blocking history or erasing the country’s sins but drawing a line between hifalutin political advocacy and thorough, truthful instructio­n in the American past.

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