Florida Legislation ‘Stop Awareness’: ‘We Won’t Let Kids Learn to Hate Our Country and Hate Each Other’

“We will not allow taxpayer money to be spent teaching children to hate our country and hate each other.” That’s what Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said about the Work Stop Act. Walk’s ideology is on the American education agenda. It is noteworthy that supporters and opponents accuse the other side of censorship and attacks on the right to expression.

Two weeks ago, the “Stop Woke Act” was passed in Florida. It does mean “Stop the Mistakes of Our Children and Our Employees,” but in short it doesn’t quite coincidentally refer to the wake-up movement occupying America. prohibits on-the-job training or school education that teaches that individuals are “by nature racist, sexist or oppressive, consciously or unconsciously”; that people are privileged or oppressed on the basis of race, gender, or national origin; or that the person “bears personal responsibility, or ought to feel psychological distress” because of past actions committed by “individuals of the same race, sex, or national origin.” Florida law says such training or classes amount to discrimination.

The legal amendment is in line with what Canadian journalist Rex Murphy and author Jordan Peterson said recently about an “anti-racism in education” bill in the Canadian state of Ontario. The two men said of the bill that the continued focus on racism could create “a climate in which ethnic groups collide and mistrust grows”.


There is something to be said for being careful about social upbringing in school. Certainly when it comes to a major shift in which traditional gender stereotypes are being questioned, individuals have to take responsibility for the things their ancestors thought, said and did, and when an individual had to choose ‘membership’ in certain group identities. Certainly in America, which highly values ​​the mantra of individual liberty, many people find this objectionable.

The Woke phenomenon wants to get people to think about the exclusion of certain groups of people, rooted in colonial history or based on prejudice or abuse of power. According to Awakened Academics, the latter is often institutionalized in the “System”. There is also something to be said about it. However, in practice it is clear that some books, pictures and ideas are no longer discussed/described because students can be offended by them. Students want/demand a safe space in which sensitive matters that might shake the awakened worldview are kept out the door. But how can you shine without friction, how can someone else start looking at things, when they are never challenged? Can anyone overcome their own prejudices or obstacles without first going through the sometimes painful process of growing up?

two sides

This annoyance appears to have been a central point. The emotional discomfort that stands in the way of intellectual politics. On two sides, as emerges from a NOS article on the issue: “Teachers also dive into self-censorship. “Because how do you talk about segregation or integration or police brutality if you have to worry that it will make someone in the class uncomfortable. Teachers will avoid these topics.” Not least under pressure from parent groups such as “Moms for Liberty,” the same medium benefits.

Who sits on those parenting councils? Is it conceivable that they actually influence the school curriculum on the basis of personal preferences, which in their view are too black, too left-wing, or, say, “too gender fluid”? Could it be that the common sense invoked by parents is lacking in some social and pedagogical insights but is permeated with prejudice and prejudice, just because, well, man To be?

Catherine M. Oakley of the Human Rights Campaign speaks of “a disguised political effort to attack marginalized communities. It does not address the critical needs of Florida residents, but instead fuels the discriminatory agenda of extremist lawmakers.” Writer Mickey Kendall, quoted by NOS in the article, shows where the influence of Activist (Parents) boards can lead to: a list of dangerous books that former president and communist fighter McCarthy can still count on. “A friend called me that 850 books are on a no-ban list in Texas.”
So far, it seems that indignation about “trigger warnings” and the like when reading George Orwell’s “1984” to students often comes “from the right side”. They speak contemptuously of the Thought Police and the Ministry of Truth that restrict freedom of expression and thus freedom of thought. The left simply “moves” in education and certainly has a wind in academic education, so the discrepancy mainly comes from the right. But the “left” may have a point: when the past of slavery is discussed or the flaws in the social system are cut in advance, there are missed opportunities.

It is understood that DeSantis – described by the NOS as “the far right” – is recording the votes with a “wake up, don’t wake up” campaign. It is also fair that there is a limit to criticism of a very radical order. A good education allows students to draw their own conclusions, but it should not become an ideological battlefield. It seems that – due to the neglect of teachers and school leaders – this can no longer be prevented. Whether the two camps come close now with the widely interpretable Stop Woke Law, the future will tell.

no issue

For decades, the schools’ social commitment was hardly a problem: the school existed for math and language, and for the rest, it “cope with each other normally.” If explicit attention was paid to social relations and morals, it was about tolerance of opponents, the danger of the far right (the most obvious evil in the Netherlands after World War II) and respect for the cultural background and sexual orientation of all (for years humans did not have the possibility of other types of sexual orientation). as well as homosexuality).

Each country has its own dialects, in the United States, for example, black historical month The fruit of the specific history of African Americans. At the same time, there are always a lot of schools reserved for sex education.

culture war

Things have changed quickly in the past few years: the social aspect increasingly makes no sense consequence From school as a social institution, but it has become central to education. This has everything to do with it I wake up† Weltschmerz Café has already reported what this means before (type “wake up” in the search bar and dozens of articles will appear). In short, it is about the (excessive) vigilance of unequal power relations in society that go along with gender, sexual preference, skin color, etc. To make matters more complicated, in many cases, power relationships can be experienced only or primarily in person. It makes objective analysis difficult.

Woke originated in America and there, more so than in Europe, it is now the center of many political debates and a contentious issue in society. Woke is at the center of what NOS now also considers to be a culture war and a culture conflict. The ideas spread to the rest of the West via several activist groups and NGOs: countries such as Canada, New Zealand, and the Netherlands have already picked up on this trend.

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