A new civics training program for public school teachers in Florida says it is a “misconception” that “the founders desired strict separation of church and state." https://t.co/5LK57aJwd3— Axios (@axios) July 2, 2022
A new civics training program for public school teachers in Florida says it is a “misconception” that “the founders desired strict separation of church and state,” the Washington Post reports.
Driving the news: That and other content in a state-sponsored training course has raised eyebrows among some who have participated and felt it was omitting unflattering information about the country's founders, pushing inaccuracies and centering religious ideas, per the Post.
The Constitution explicitly bars the government from “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Scholars interpret the passage to require a separation of church and state, per the Post.
In another example, the training states that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were against slavery, while omitting the fact that each owned enslaved people.This would lead me to despair, if I hadn’t been through high school in the South in the’70’s. We were taught the Civil War was fought over states’ rights (AND NOTHING ELSE!) and even though the Civil Rights movement had been going on since before I was born and our schools were only integrated when I entered high school, nothing was said about it. We were fighting Communism in Vietnam (they told us) but all you could know about Marxism was that it was bad. That was all our teachers were allowed to say.