Florida Restricts Race-related Lessons
Florida instituted restrictions on how schools and businesses can teach race-related concepts. The law, called the Stop Woke Act, limits instruction on critical race theory. Since its signing, K-12 public educators in the state have been prohibited from instructing students on the concepts of privilege or oppression based on their race, sex, or national origin. It’s the latest part of Republican Gov. Ron Desantis’ extensive efforts to reshape public education and curriculum in the state of Florida.
US Schools Ban 1,600 Books
According to CBS News: “During the 2021-2022 school year, more than 1,600 books were banned from school libraries. The bans affected 138 school districts in 32 states, according to a report from PEN America, an organization dedicated to protecting free expression in literature.”
According to PEN America, “the large majority of book bans underway today are not spontaneous, organic expressions of citizen concern. Rather, they reflect the work of a growing number of advocacy organizations that have made demanding censorship of certain books and ideas in schools part of their mission.”