THE SERAAJ FILES, by Kevin Seraaj via orlandoadvocate.com – The Florida Board of Education has taken its draconian education policies even further. On January 17, 2024, the Department of Education announced that “taxpayer funds [can no longer be used] to promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) on any of Florida’s 28 state college campuses.”
Under the guise of providing students with “an accurate and factual account of the nation’s past,” it has reaffirmed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ War on Woke stratagem, by adopting rules that “prohibit the use of state or federal funds for programs that categorize individuals based on race or sex.” The very idea is internally incongruous. It’s kind of hard to talk about the history of blacks in America without categorizing the subjects “based on race.” Likewise, the history of women. Any account of this nation’s past that fails to include the brutal enslavement of blacks, the planned genocide of the Native American. and the crushing oppression of its own women would be neither accurate nor factual. Walking in the antithesis of its very reason for being, the Department of Education is intent upon putting every citizen of Florida to intellectual sleep. So goes diversity and inclusion.
Growing up I was told repeatedly that “two heads are better than one.” But that trope is true only if the two heads bring different ideas to the subject– two people thinking exactly alike means one of them is redundant. The essence of diversity is seeing and hearing differing points of view, which broadens one’s perspective and world-view. According to Psychology Today, “research suggests that diversity of background and diversity of thought strengthen organizations and minimize groupthink.” But minimizing groupthink– or Trump-think, if you would– is not a welcomed agenda in the GOP today. The fewer independent thoughts group members have, the better. Party members who dare think outside of that box risk the ire of the same-thought base.
Ov er time that would pretty much mean goodbye to every course teaching anything about racism, sexism and oppression.
Too bad for Florida’s college students. At a time when their minds should be expanding from the challenges of higher education, DeSantis and Florida Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz, Jr. seek to restrict their exposure to other teacher-validated points of view because the discussion of America’s past just might make some Floridians uncomfortable.
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