College Board Revises AP African American Studies Course After Florida Pushback
Summary from AllSides News Team
The College Board released a revised version of its Advanced Placement African American studies course on Wednesday, following Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's (R) decision to block the program from being taught in the state’s schools.
The Details: Several writers and scholars associated with critical race theory (CRT), the black queer experience, and black feminism were removed from the curriculum. Required teachings on Black Lives Matter and reparations were also removed. Both subjects remain on a list of options for a required research project, along with the newly-added "black conservatism."
Key Quotes: "At the College Board, we can’t look to statements of political leaders," said CEO David Coleman. He attributed the changes to "the input of professors" and "longstanding A.P. principles."
For Context: DeSantis took issue with the inclusion of curriculum covering queer theory, intersectionality, and abolishing prisons, and accused it of harboring a political agenda. "We want education, not indoctrination," he said at the time.
How the Media Covered It: Right-rated sources typically framed the revised curriculum as a win for "anti-woke" education. One writer for National Review praised DeSantis, saying it "took courage to face a torrent of false racism charges and get this win." Some left-rated sources highlighted criticism of DeSantis and the College Board. Several left-rated opinion writers, including from Washington Post and New York Times (Lean Left bias), said DeSantis "attacked" black history and attempted to "erase" it from high school curriculum.
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