July 15, 2024


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Florida weighs rule to keep teachers from ‘indoctrinating’ students

The Florida Board of Education will consider a rule to prevent public school teachers from “indoctrinating” students, a move teachers’ unions have opposed.  

The proposed rule states that “instruction on the required topics must be factual and objective and may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence.”

The proposal will be considered at a June 10 Florida Board of Education meeting. It would also require classroom discussions to be “age appropriate.”

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran championed the policy while speaking at Hillsdale College, a private university in Michigan, saying the state has to maintain constant vigilance to keep teachers in check.

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“You have to police them on a daily basis,” Corcoran said. “It’s 185,000 teachers in a classroom with anywhere from 18 to 25 kids.”

The Florida Education Association, the largest teachers’ union in the state, has publicly opposed the rule.