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Presidents of Over Two Dozen Florida Community Colleges Come Out Against Critical Race Theory

Presidents of Over Two Dozen Florida Community Colleges Come Out Against Critical Race Theory

“do not promote any ideology that suppresses intellectual and academic freedom, freedom of expression, viewpoint diversity, and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning”

Will the presidents of other schools follow suit? It would be great if this was the beginning of a trend.

Inside Higher Ed reports:

Florida Community College Presidents Come Out Against CRT

Presidents of more than two dozen Florida community and four-year state colleges issued a joint statement on Wednesday pledging not to fund or support “initiatives, instruction, and activities” that promote critical race theory or related ideologies.

The presidents represent the 28 colleges that make up the Florida College System. The system’s Council of Presidents intend to ensure efforts at their colleges “do not promote any ideology that suppresses intellectual and academic freedom, freedom of expression, viewpoint diversity, and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning,” the statement said. “As such, our institutions will not fund or support any institutional practice, policy, or academic requirement that compels belief in critical race theory or related concepts such as intersectionality, or the idea that systems of oppression should be the primary lens through which teaching and learning are analyzed and/or improved upon.”

Critical race theory, if discussed in the classroom, will be presented “as one of several theories and in an objective manner,” according to the statement. The presidents also said they would create “environments in which students, faculty, and staff can pursue their academic interests without fear of reprisal or being ‘canceled.’”

Read the full statement here.

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Lionel Elgin | January 20, 2023 at 1:19 pm

I sincerely hope that these schools will monitor on an on-going basis whether there is any impact of such statement(s).

Do applications rise/fall?

Do test scores rise/fall?

Do graduation rates rise/fall?

Is choice of major affected?

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In a sane world, we’ll-intentioned, fair-minded people will make a good faith effort to try to measure impact over the next several years

We shall see.


     
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    henrybowman in reply to Lionel Elgin. | January 20, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    Unfortunately, CRT is not the only generator of styro courses, equity testing and grading, etc. In a sane world you could just skip over all that and compare alumni employment rates and salaries, but we are now hiring the insane, too.


     
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    BierceAmbrose in reply to Lionel Elgin. | January 21, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    Oh, we’ll really see when we see who measures what.

    In the end some people wanna curate and grow people to see what they go do. Surprise me. Be awesome. You do you. Other people are happiest when the seeds of unknowable new stuff — used to be called “potential” — are reduced to fearfully bleating the vapid slogans programmed into them.

    That second group has been getting a lot of what they want lately. Unfortunately, we get decaying, lesser lives and world when we forgo what that first group wants — entropy is a thing.

    The solution to cold German folk right now isn’t stomping down on Nana’s thermostat settings (with a boot, forever.) It’s some maniac gonna come up with something we can’t even imagine: bio-antifreeze, self-heating houses, bulk methane production from fish guts, quantum tunneling heat transfer from solar cores. It’ll be weirder than those.

    I’m amazed, but no longer surprised, that so many people living for real in Science Fiction World jump to “solve” “problems” by shuffling deck chairs — they ignore the world as it is imagining what they’d prefer, and assume what we can do about it is fixed and inevitable. Literally the opposite of the evidence of the ol’ glassies.

“do not promote any ideology that suppresses intellectual and academic freedom, freedom of expression, viewpoint diversity, and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning,”

Unfortunately, this is a vague statement which could allow CRT indoctrination. DeSantis’ legislation describes precisely what is banned.

Florida Senate – 2022 SB 148 The incorrectly labeled “anti-CRT” bill.
https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2022/148/BillText/Filed/HTML

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