DeSantis says AP African-American studies class was ‘pushing an agenda’

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday his administration rejected a new Advanced Placement course on African-American studies for high school students because some

of the topics attempted to use Black history to push a political agenda. Critics of the decision, however, say it is yet another politically motivated step the

administration has taken to degrade the state’s education system, particularly on issues about race. The political tug-of-war over the Advanced Placement course has

reloaded the debate over how DeSantis is reshaping the state’s K-12 curriculum in an attempt to get rid of what he has called “indoctrination.” “If you fall on the side of

indoctrination, we’re going to decline. If it’s education, then we will do it,” DeSantis said at a press conference in Jacksonville. As an example, DeSantis pointed out

that the Advanced Placement course included elements of “queer theory,” discussions about abolishing prisons and lessons on intersectionality, a concept that refers to the way in

which racism, sexism and classism can overlap and affect people. “Now who would say that an important part of Black history is queer theory? That is somebody pushing an

agenda on our kids,” DeSantis said. “When you use Black history to shoehorn in queer theory, you are clearly trying to use that for political purposes.”