Florida is requiring all curriculum and reading material to be vetted according to standards set by the Florida Department of Education. This will inevitably lead to the exclusion of some books deemed inappropriate.
was beside himself at this news. He told Poppy Harlow, "It feels like the 1950s all over again, with book banning. This is cancel culture from people who are – I guess they just want our kids to be ignorant, and to control the teachers. This is outrageous ... it's just ridiculous."
Lemon went on to say that "this isn't about a [parent's] voice in education" and called that argument a "red herring" because there are lots of uncomfortable topics in school books, like Nazism. Poppy decried that teachers can be charged with a third-degree felony if they violate the law
\u201cCNN's @DonLemon on Florida: "It feels like the 1950s all over again, with book banning. This is cancel culture from people who are \u2013 I guess they just want our kids to be ignorant, and to control the teachers. This is outrageous ... it's just ridiculous."\u201d
Toward the end of the clip, Donny boy got very worked up and started yelling about how history is meant to be uncomfortable but that's how children learn. Surely, Don Lemon's extreme distress must mean Florida is trying to prevent kids from reading about crucial parts of history, like Hitler or slavery...right?
Oh no. It bans pornography.
The Florida education standards
lesson materials to be “free of pornography and material prohibited under state statute, suited to student needs and their ability to comprehend the material presented, appropriate for the grade level and age group for which the materials are used and made available.”
So...the kids are still learning about Hitler, still learning about slavery, and African American history...just no porn. Seems reasonable to me. But I have some questions for Don.
What's even more disturbing is, some Florida schools are so worried about violating this law, they've shut down all classroom libraries and covered the totally-porn-free books with paper. I have some questions for those schools, as well.