White House press secretary slams DeSantis for refusing AP African American history course

At a news conference Friday afternoon, White House press secretary Carine Jean-Pierre lashed out at reporters, calling Florida Governor Ron DeSantis “incomprehensible.” decision Reject state approval for Advanced Placement African American studies courses.

“I don’t understand that this is this ban that DeSantis advocated, or more specifically this block. When you think about African-American research, that’s what he wants to stop, Sadly, this kind of behavior is nothing new, especially given what we’re seeing in Florida,” Jean-Pierre told the White House.

The DeSantis administration sent a memo to the College Board, the body responsible for devising the AP curriculum, saying the pilot AP African American Studies course was “inexplicably contrary to Florida law and grossly lacking in educational value.” rice field.

The proposed curriculum violates the state’s recently passed Stop WOKE Act, according to the administration. The law prohibits schools and workplaces from promoting the idea that privileged or oppressive status is necessarily determined by race, color and national origin. , or sex. The bill would also allow schools and workplaces to “endorse, promote, promote, indoctrinate, or indoctrinate individuals into believing that certain concepts constitute discrimination based on race, color, sex, or national origin.” It is prohibited in schools and workplaces to receive compulsory training or instruction.

AP African American Studies Curriculum Draft obtained by national review It fosters the idea that colorblindness is a form of covert racism.

A quick look at the content of DeSantis’ objection to the course hinted at Jean-Pierre’s hostility to the education of African-American history in general, particularly the curriculum proposed by the College Board.

“Let’s not forget, they did not ban or block . . AP European history; they did not interfere with our musical history; they did not interfere with our art history. But the state chose to block courses aimed at high-achieving high school students to learn about the history of arts and culture, and it is incomprehensible,” she said.

In November, a federal judge issued a temporary injunction blocking provisions of the law dealing with higher education.

In her reply to DeSantis’ decision, Jean-Pierre cited Florida as a state with particularly strict censorship.

“We walk around this briefing room so many times that Florida now prohibits teachers from talking about who they are and who they love. We’ve banned more books than most other states,” she said.

DeSantis, who many see as a credible rival for Donald Trump’s 2024 Republican presidential nomination, politicization of educational space.

Jean-Pierre also suggested that the DeSantis administration had a peculiar aversion to black history.

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