California Governor Gavin Newsom and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis squared off in a debate last night, and one thing was crystal clear: the two could not be more diametrically opposed on every single political issue.
Unsurprisingly, one subject that was broached was public education — what it should include and what it should not include.
Florida has been very open about rejecting the inclusion of gender ideology in its school curriculums, believing it is not the role of the school but rather of parents to determine how children should be taught in matters such as sexual orientation, gender ideology, etc.
“The role of the school is to educate kids, not indoctrinate kids,” DeSantis said, “and what we’ve said in Florida is it’s inappropriate to tell a kindergartener that their gender is a choice; it’s inappropriate to tell a second grader that they may have been born in the wrong body.”
“Now California has that–they want to have that injected into the elementary schools,” he continued, pulling out an excerpt from a book commonly found in California elementary schools called “Gender Queer.”
Holding the page up to the camera, DeSantis revealed several blurred out pornographic images (images that he says “would not be able to be put on air”) that are featured in this “children’s” book.
Newsom’s face when DeSantis showcases the graphic images is a combination of haughty and perturbed as he looks down at his feet.
“When people on the left say that somehow you’re banning books by removing this from a young kid’s classroom — no, this is not age appropriate, and so we’re going to stand for the rights of parents,” DeSantis continued, adding that he hopes to do this “nationwide.”
“I don’t think you can have a situation where some states just trample on the rights of parents. Parents have a fundamental right to direct the education and upbringing of their kids.”
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