Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has issued a tweet listing the types of subjects schools should, and should not, be teaching — the governor declared that Sunshine State schools will educate, rather than indoctrinate, students.
“As students head back to their classrooms this fall, I’m happy to clear up any ‘confusion’ the media may have about appropriate curriculum,” DeSantis tweeted, listing “Math, Reading, Writing” as approved subjects, but critical race theory, “Sexualized Content,” and “Transgender Ideology” as disapproved topics. “Florida schools will educate children, not indoctrinate them,” he added.
The tweet earned plaudits from many on social media.
Responding to the governor’s post, Parents Defending Education founder and president Nicki Neily tweeted that “this is EXACTLY what parents want.”
— Nicki Neily (@Nicki Neily)
“We need FORTY-NINE GOVERNORS who are JUST LIKE RON DESANTIS!” someone else tweeted.
“Why I moved to FL!” someone else declared.
Earlier this year, DeSantis signed legislation that prohibits teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, a policy that many Americans view as entirely commonsensical.
“Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards,” the law states.
The governor also signed legislation that prohibits promoting certain concepts to students and employees at institutions of public education, such as the idea that “A person’s moral character or status as either privileged or oppressed is necessarily determined by his or her race, color, national origin, or sex” or that “A person, by virtue of his or her race, color, national origin, or sex is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.”
“No one should be instructed to feel as if they are not equal or shamed because of their race,” DeSantis said, according to a press release. “In Florida, we will not let the far-left woke agenda take over our schools and workplaces. There is no place for indoctrination or discrimination in Florida.”
The governor, who has become an enormously popular figure on the political right, is currently running for re-election in the state’s 2022 gubernatorial contest.
A Washington Post article from last week stated, “The first day of school in Florida is less than two weeks away, but officials are still plagued by confusion and uncertainty about what a raft of new laws championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) will mean.”
DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw responded by tweeting, “Just teach math, reading, writing… you know, academic subjects? Not queer theory or race essentialism. This isn’t difficult.”
“There’s no need for confusion. Just stop teaching sexual orientation and gender identity to kids in kindergarten through third grade — that shouldn’t be a difficult task,” Neily tweeted.
— Nicki Neily (@Nicki Neily)