On Eve of Black History Month, Florida Rejects Pilot Course for African American Studies

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With less than two weeks to go before the start of Black History Month 2023, the Florida Department of Education rejected the proposal to include an AP African American History course in the curriculum of any public high school.

As explained on its website, “the Advanced Placement Program® (AP) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.”

“Please allow this letter to serve as confirmation that the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) does not approve the inclusion of the Advanced Placement (AP) African American Studies course in the Florida Course Code Directory and Instructional Personnel Assignments (adopted in State Board of Education Rule 6A-l.09441, Florida Administrative Code),” reads the single-page Jan. 12 letter (pdf) addressed to the College Board Florida Partnership Senior Director from Florida Department of Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr., which was obtained by The Epoch Times.

“As presented, the content of this course is inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value,” Diaz said further in his letter, suggesting that “should College Board be willing to come back to the table with lawful, historically-accurate content, FDOE will always be willing to reopen the discussion.”

DeSantis’s Anti-Woke Agenda

“Florida is the place where woke goes to die.”

DeSantis said it at rallies in August and November 2022 and again during his reelection victory speech.

As previously reported by The Epoch Times, experts have attributed the combination of a growing focus on critical race theory (CRT) and lower academic expectations as a contributor to the growing number of illiterate graduates in the United States. Emeritus Professor of Law at the Cleveland State University David Barnhizer told The Epoch Times that he was “incredibly concerned about what’s happening in the schools,” saying “wokeism is affecting academia because academia is where it starts.”

By Patricia Tolson

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