Florida Denies AP African American Studies Course, Cites Lack of ‘Educational Value and Historical Accuracy’

“The course is a vehicle for a political agenda,” said DeSantis’ press secretary.

QUICK FACTS:
  • The Florida Department of Education (DOE) disapproved of the College Board’s AP African American Studies course, claiming that it contradicts current Florida law.
  • The DOE rejected the course due to its critical race theory (CRT) content, as well its a section on “Black Queer Studies.”
  • Governor Ron DeSantis’ (R-FL) press secretary Bryan Griffin described the course as a “vehicle for a political agenda” that leaves room for “ideological material” that goes against state statutes.
  • “As Governor DeSantis has stated, our classrooms will be a place for education, not indoctrination,” Griffin added.
  • “As presented, the content of this course is inexplicably contrary to Florida law and significantly lacks educational value,” Florida’s Office of Articulation wrote to Brian Barnes of the College Board Florida Partnership.
  • The College Board hopes to send the course to hundreds of high schools during the 2023-2024 school year.
FROM THE COURSE:
  • The “Black Queer Studies” topic is “grounded in Black feminism and intersectionality” and moves “sexuality studies toward racial analysis.”
  • Another topic is dedicated to “Afrocentricity” and its impact on culture.
  • “‘Postracial’ Racism and Colorblindness” claims to study “postracialism, colorblindness, racecraft, or inequality through a scholarly text.”
  • A section on “Medicine, Technology, and the Environment” sees students studying “inequities” and “opportunities for change.”
  • There’s even a topic dedicated to the “origins, mission, and global influence” of the Black Lives Matter movement.
BACKGROUND:
  • The state of Florida has launched numerous attacks on woke ideologies.
  • American Faith reported that Gov. DeSantis requested state colleges and universities provide information on funding for “woke” curricula, CRT, and “diversity, equity, and inclusion” training.
  • Florida also prohibited funding from going toward environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) programs pushing an “ideological agenda.”