The College Board has removed Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Queer Studies from its Advanced Placement American Studies curriculum for high school students.
The College Board dismissed controversial topics after strong criticism from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The College Board is a non-profit organization with more than 6,000 colleges, universities, and educational organizations as members.
The announcement was made on February 1, the first day of Black History Month in America.
According to The New York Times, the names of many black writers and scholars associated with critical race theory have been purged from the curriculum. Also, the queer experience and black feminism courses are gone. The College Board has also removed controversial topics like Black Lives Matter.
“Black conservatism” is now being offered as an idea for African American Studies.
In January, Governor DeSantis, a Republican, announcement he would ban the AP’s African-American studies program, which he said “lacks educational value.”
At a press conference last week, DeSantis said Florida already requires black history education, but the AP African American Studies adds layers of “indoctrination,” which he opposes. . .
“If you fall on the side of indoctrination, we’re going to refuse,” DeSantis said.
“We believe in teaching children facts and how to think, but we don’t believe they should be forced into a school curriculum. When you try to use black history as a shoehorn in queer theory, you are clearly trying to use it for political purposes.
According to Master classthe goal of “queer theory” is to “deconstruct what is acceptable or ‘normal’”.
“Queer theory is a field of study that examines the nature of normativity based on sexuality and gender and how society defines and governs concepts of heterosexuality, homosexuality, gender, and sexual identities.”