Deleting this thread because I think people are right in noting that I misread the legislature's language a bit.

Though it seems what they wrote is actually worse?
I read the highlighted lines as Florida only wanting American history to deal with the founding era -- it's poorly written, and the emphasis on "the creation of a new nation" threw me -- but as others noted, the emphasis seems to be on the *principles* of the new nation.
Teaching US history just through the Declaration's principles is like assessing a 50-year marriage through the wedding vows, or maybe just the marriage proposal.

You can't just focus on the intentions. You've got to address what happened after (and before!) that big moment.
Also, as @EricColumbus noted, that language was already there and what's been added is even worse.

Florida states that teachers may not "distort or suppress" the history of "slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the civil rights movement" etc. and then almost immediately says the government of Florida is going to suppress Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project?
As others have noted, this sort of action sort of proves the critical race theory school's whole point?

In any case, read the whole original thread here for what's going on in Florida and other states.

Contact your state representatives and school boards, folks. Better yet, run for local office yourself.

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