Governor Ron DeSantis Reminds Florida – “We Will Not Allow Schools To Twist History To Align With an Ideological Agenda”

Toby Hazlewood

DeSantis continues to focus on 'woke ideologies'

On September 20, Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis took time out during an announcement of proposals for tax relief in 2023, to remind Floridians of new laws that came into effect in July of this year under the 'Stop WOKE' Act. The substance of his point was that schools will not be allowed to "twist" their teaching of history:

Stop WOKE stands for “Stop Wrongs Against Our Kids and Employees” and bill HB7 was introduced to ban classroom discussions and corporate training that make students or employees feel discomfort over their race.

The law prohibits the teaching of topics such as critical race theory in Florida's schools, as a means of preventing what the governor believes is a twisting of history to suit so-called woke agendas.

At its final vote, the bill was passed by 24 votes to 15.

History isn't erased, just taught accurately

The substance of the governor's issue with 'twisting history' isn't that he wants some topics to be eradicated from the classroom. Instead, in his view it's about ensuring that the topics aren't taught in such a way that skews events of history to suit a political agenda:

"We are required to teach slavery, the post-reconstruction and segregation, civil rights - those are core parts of American history that should be taught, but should also be taught accurately. For example, the 1619 project is a CRT version of history, it's supported by the New York Times. They want to teach our kids that the American Revolution was fought to protect slavery - and that's false."

The laws under the 'Stop WOKE' Act seek to ensure that schools and workplaces won't teach history in a way that enforces or is biased towards any political agenda, in particular the so-called 'woke' ideology that DeSantis has such an issue with.

The ongoing battle against woke ideology is a hot topic for DeSantis these days - it's something that has come up in many of his recent appearances.

'Woke corporations' under fire too

DeSantis is similarly keen to ensure that woke politics doesn't interfere with how corporations conduct themselves in their business operations.

In July he proposed legislation that will be discussed during the 2023 legislative season that would target corporations who use Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance initiatives (collectively referred to as ESG) as grounds for hindering certain groups, businesses or industries under the guise of them being deemed inferior or undesirable.

Whether this legislation is approved and takes effect in Florida remains to be seen. What seems certain is that for as long as DeSantis is governor of the Sunshine State, the pushing of woke-ideologies in classrooms, workplaces and businesses will not be tolerated.

Do you see the threat from woke ideologies permeating daily life in Florida, or is Governor DeSantis taking things too far? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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