Florida Board of Education’s Black history standards spark criticism

The Florida Board of Education has approved new standards for teaching Black history in public schools.

The standards faced immediate backlash from education and civil rights advocates. Critics argue that the standards misrepresent, distort and omit important history.

The approved standards would require middle school students to learn about how slaves developed skills for personal “benefit,” while high school students must be taught about violent acts perpetrated against and “by” African Americans, during events like the Ocoee massacre, and the Tulsa race massacre.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has passed legislation prohibiting instruction on the concept of “privilege” or systemic racism. The new standards come on the heels of Florida’s prolonged feud with the College Board over their new Advanced Placement African American studies course.

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