On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a proposal to end “zombie studies” and destroy Critical Race Theory (CRT) for good.
Speaking at a press conference, DeSantis said the state will no longer tolerate “divisive, anti-American” theories such as CRT, which he described as “a set of radical ideas that seeks to explain virtually all human interaction through the lens of race and gender.”
The governor said the proposal would “prohibit the teaching of certain concepts” in K-12 public schools and universities. He added that the state will also create a “clearinghouse” to review and approve instructional materials for K-12 schools.
“We will not be teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis also announced that the state will be taking steps to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund “divisive, anti-American” theories. He said the state will be introducing legislation to prohibit the use of state funds to “promote or otherwise encourage the teaching of CRT.”
The governor’s announcement has been met with both praise and criticism. Supporters of the proposal argue that CRT is a divisive and dangerous theory that has no place in public education, while critics contend that it is an important tool for understanding how racism and other forms of oppression have shaped our society.
Regardless of one’s opinion on the matter, it is clear that Governor DeSantis is determined to end “zombie studies” and CRT for good. It remains to be seen how this proposal will be received by the public and implemented by the state.