Governor Ron DeSantis (R) of Florida has been a champion for pushing against the woke agenda. He scored yet another win Wednesday when College Board, the company behind Advanced Placement courses for high schoolers, released its revised curriculum for AP African American Studies after the Governor rejected it for its litany of woke principles, including Critical Race Theory, intersectionality, and queer theory.
Unfortunately, this victory was not given its due credit on CBS Mornings. Instead, the course was treated as completely innocuous. Socialist co-host Tony Dokoupil explained in the first of three teases that Florida had “decided to ban” it and they were guilty of an itchy trigger finger because “the College Board has not actually released the full details of what the class would cover” until Wednesday.
The softball segment opened with Dokoupil offering a slight correction on the “controversial” class:
“Florida’s Education Department under Governor Ron DeSantis has already announced the course will not be allowed in Florida high schools, at least based on the pilot even though the actual has not been released. The framework for the class has not been available until now. First on CBS Mornings, College Board CEO David Coleman and AP African American director and program manager Brandi Waters join us to unveil what’s actually in this course that’s got everybody talking.”
Waters offered nothing but fluff, boasting the “amazing” and “exciting” class will give “students…the opportunity to delve into the depths of African American experiences” by “see[ing] the diversity of these communities and the broader connections between the U.S. and the African diaspora” through not just history, but “the arts and the sciences and politics.”
It’s curious that CBS chose to avoid mentioning Florida’s complaints about the course and allowed Waters to skate by with some pointless answer about the College Board asked students “which sources are interesting, which sources are engaging, which sources make your creativity come alive and started tweaking from there.”
Not to mention, co-host Gayle King chimed in with a lament and some disinformation: “[W]hat did you think about the controversy especially in Florida where people were criticizing the course who really hadn’t seen it and didn’t know anything about it?”
College Board CEO David Coleman similarly drudged through a field of nothingness with a statement claiming, “we at the College Board don’t really look to the statements of politicians, but we look to the record of history” along with “feedback from teachers and students as well as 300 professors” to create “an unflinching encounter…that gives young people the chance to think for themselves.”
Following a sidebar about black history being American history fill-in co-host David Begnaud didn’t address Florida’s belief that CRT was presence in the course, but brought up CRT more broadly to say it’s “become so politically charged and it’s almost used to denigrate some in the lexicon” and thus “misused.”
He then asked Waters: “[W]hat do you tell people who say, oh, it’s critical race theory, that’s what it — what do you say to them?”
Waters replied as many liberals have, which isn’t to talk about the supposed prevalence of white supremacy and racism still embedded in America’s DNA (and those of white people writ large), but instead brush it off: “[A]s a scholar who’s read many of these works, the first question I have to ask is what they mean by critical race theory.”
Coleman joined in for more clean-up:
“COLEMAN: And I’ll you just our point of view in the advanced placement program —
COLEMAN: — about theories like this, it’s not about picking this theory or that. No AP course, whether our course in Japanese Culture and Language or Spanish Culture and Language, requires students to study a specified theory, trains them in interpretation. Instead it immerses them directly in the facts and evidence and lets them think for themselves.
BEGNAUD: The facts and evidence.
COLEMAN: Instead what they do is they have a research project at the end of the course where they get to pick something, and then they do compare what they’re learning about to other interpretations.”
King alluded to a complaint from Florida that the course “lack[ed] education value,” but went no further in elaborating why they said that (which was because of its political activism).
With time running out, Coleman framed the course as one about appreciating black contributions to American life while Waters boasted that such topics Florida has had concerns about “has been around for awhile, but I know…this field has changed the way that I think about my communities” and “how I relate to others.”
It’s a shame that CBS chose to avoid mentioning Florida’s criticisms of the course and instead opted for a softball segment that offered nothing but fluff and misinformation. The show’s failure to address the Governor’s concerns is indicative of how organizations like the College Board are allowed to get away with pushing their woke agenda on our students.
For too long, organizations like College Board have been allowed to insert their political biases in their courses while ignoring the facts. The College Board’s new AP African American Studies course is no exception. The course is filled with woke terminology, radical ideologies, and political activism that have no place in the classroom.
Governor DeSantis should be applauded for standing up to the College Board’s woke agenda. Children should not be subjected to this kind of indoctrination and it’s up to parents, teachers, and administrators to make sure that our students are exposed to a balanced and factual education.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.