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Monday, May 24, 2021

DeSantis goes after tech and teachers

 Ron DeSantis went after big tech today, signing a bill that will fine them if they deplatform politicians who violate their standards and conditions, i.e., lie and insight violence. Juxtapose this next to what he said the other day when he said he would go after teachers who dared to tell the truth about the systemic racism that has pervaded our history. Welcome to Florida, where only what the ruling party says matters, whether it is true or not.   

At his press conference, he said...

Khomeini Died in 1989, long before Twitter and Facebook even existed, and the reason Trump was Deplatformed was because of his constant lies and him instigating violence. More specifically, he was kicked off Twitter and Facebook, private businesses, because he violates their terms and conditions. 

As bad as this is, it's made worse because DeSantis and his little boot have said they plan to stifle teachers' free speech. 

From Flagler Live:

A proposed rule that will be weighed by the State Board of Education aims to control the way history is taught in Florida classrooms and not allow teachers to “indoctrinate” students, as part of what state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran called a “constant, vigilant fight.” 

The proposed rule seeks to put strict guidelines on teaching U.S. history.

“Instruction on the required topics must be factual and objective and may not suppress or distort significant historical events, such as the Holocaust, and may not define American history as something other than the creation of a new nation based largely on universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence,” the state Department of Education’s proposal said.

It also would require that any classroom discussion is “appropriate for the age and maturity level of the students,” and teachers facilitating discussions wouldn’t be able to “share their personal views or attempt to indoctrinate or persuade students to a particular point of view” that is inconsistent with state standards.

The Board of Education will consider the proposal at its June 10 meeting at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Sigh, the only one seeking to indoctrinate children is DeSantis and his party, who want a sanitized versions of history taught to them. They are seeking to deplatform teachers.  

We should give up all pretense that the republicans have our best interests at heart. Nope, their goal is to stomp out the opposition and to create a cherry-picked and distorted narrative that serves the fever dreams they have replaced reality with.  

I can't imagine this new bill going anywhere; it's ridiculous. It will, however, probably cost our state coffers millions of dollars as they seek to defend the indefensible in court. Unfortunately, however, teachers won't have much recourse other than to take another slight piled on to all the others.

In Florida, we aren't being led, we are being ruled, and it's by a party determined to stamp out dissent, you know like Khomen did all the way back in the 80s; however, unlike him, DeSantis will be able to tweet about it.  

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