Kimberly Adams


Florida’s Individual Freedom Act (IFA) and Education Equality Act (EEA), better known as the Stop Woke Act and the Don’t Say Gay bill, respectively, are contentious topics in the United States today. One side argues that parents have the ultimate right to choose what their child learns and how a teacher should deliver that instruction while believing that lessons that address systemic racism divide children and make them feel uncomfortable. The other side argues that our students will be unprepared when they graduate high school to contribute to our multi-racial society and will suffer from a limited worldview. From the national news coverage about Florida’s refusal to include AP African American Studies as a course offered in high schools to the pictures of elementary school classroom libraries being covered up with rolls of blue paper, Florida has become the center of a national discussion about the role our teachers play in educating our young, the restraints which parents and school boards wish to place on the ideas expressed, and the way content is presented in the classroom.