UNMasking DeSantis

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Teachers must rise up and defy the dystopian society Governor Ron DeSantis has visited upon Florida public schools, teachers, administrators, superintendents and school boards. What a beastly regulation indeed!

Mr. Governor Freedom is pandering to the misinformed erudite.  He misrepresents any suggestion of freedom. Freedom is a right. It also gives power. DeSantis distorts our rights assuming he has power over curriculum taught in public schools. He does not. One remembers reading of Hitler changing school curriculum to fit his Aryan-only ideology. DeSantis promotes an ideology of fear. I do not fear this person who cares nothing for students or anyone in Florida unless they buy into his ideology of fear.  He believes fear will obfuscate societal and cultural critical thinking.

·         We learned Manatee County is using Federal COVID funds to purchase “appropriate” books after teachers stripped shelves of their professionally chosen books.

·         Duval County banned the book by Latino baseball great, Roberto Clemente, then reinstated it after this news went nationwide.

·         Banned from Duval County: Letters From The Birmingham Jail by Dr. Martin Luther King. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Diary of Anne Frank and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.

·         HB 1467 requires districts to catalog all books in schools. Mr. Governor Freedom denies this fact. Perhaps he doesn’t remember?

Better watch out, preschool teachers. Reading Pat The Bunny to your students might result in banning the book due to the implications about patting.

Kindergarten teachers will think twice about reading, The Little Engine That Could to students.  Cautions believing aspiring to heights beyond your station is acceptable when living Orwell’s 1984.

Threatened classics that may be removed from shelves: Herman Melville, Stephen Crane, Alexis de Tocqueville, Mark Twain, J. R.R. Tolkien, Franz Kafka, Poe, Stowe, Carroll, Morrison, et al. Remember when the Nazis burned classics? Banning and burning books is cowardly.

It is said, “We must be better than the beasts.”

Carol Enge Scott   March 2023

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