New Florida ‘Black History’ Curriculum Teaches Slavery Had ‘Personal Benefits’

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A new curriculum for African American history certified by the Florida Board of Education includes a lesson that teaches slavery had

“personal benefits”

because it taught slaves

“useful skills,”

according to the NY Post

The Florida State Board of Education’s new standards will teach students how

“slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit,”

according to a 216-page document posted by the Florida Department of Education.

Tallahassee Democrat and board member Ben Gibson said he received letters from 11 organizations, including the NAACP and the Florida Education Association, accusing the state of exploiting

“key historical facts about the Black experience.”

However, according to Andrew Spar, president of the union, the curriculum is meant to do the opposite.

“How can our students ever be equipped for the future if they don’t have a full, honest picture of where we’ve come from? Florida’s students deserve a world-class education that equips them to be successful adults who can help heal our nation’s divisions rather than deepen them,”

Spar said in a statement. 

The news comes after Gov. Ron DeSantis’

“Stop WOKE Act”

in 2022, which oversees the content educators teach in schools and workplaces.

“Gov. DeSantis is pursuing a political agenda guaranteed to set good people against one another, and in the process, he’s cheating our kids,”

Spar said.

“They deserve the full truth of American history, the good and the bad.”

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