College Board shelves AP psychology class in Florida over guidance on gender content

by Gabriel Martinez
Toddler Survival

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Why has the College Board suggested that Florida schools shouldn’t offer its AP Psychology course?

The College Board has made this recommendation due to a directive from the state of Florida, which demands the exclusion of discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity in educational content. The College Board feels that without these crucial aspects, the AP Psychology course would be incomplete and thus, they’ve advised against its offering.

Has the Florida Department of Education banned the AP Psychology course?

The Florida Department of Education has denied banning the course. However, it has issued instructions that teaching foundational content on sexual orientation and gender identity is illegal under state law, which has effectively caused the course to be withdrawn by the College Board.

What was the response of the American Psychological Association to this issue?

The American Psychological Association expressed concern that the state’s policy would result in an incomplete education for students. The association’s CEO, Arthur Evans Jr., stated that requiring what amounts to censored educational material does an enormous disservice to students in Florida.

Did the College Board make any changes to the AP Psychology course curriculum to comply with Florida’s law?

No, the College Board decided not to modify its AP Psychology course in response to Florida’s law. It maintained that gender and sexual orientation have been an integral part of the course’s curriculum since its inception 30 years ago.

Has the College Board faced similar issues with its other courses?

Yes, earlier in April, the College Board announced that it would revise its AP African American Studies course following criticism that the curriculum had been watered down under pressure from conservative politicians, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The curriculum’s discussions on slavery reparations and the Black Lives Matter movement were specifically called into question.

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Becca_G August 4, 2023 - 3:44 pm

As a former AP Psych student, i can vouch for how important gender and sexual orientation discussions were to the course. Seems like a big loss to me 🙁

FloridianMom August 4, 2023 - 5:13 pm

This is why I’m considering homeschooling. I want my kids to get a complete education, not bits n pieces… smh

Tim_Barnes August 4, 2023 - 7:13 pm

Whatever happened to teaching facts? gender and sexuality are parts of our lives. Denying it won’t change reality!

PsychLover101 August 5, 2023 - 12:18 am

Honestly, it’s a sad day when important aspects of human psychology r considered inappropriate for study. where is the freedom of education??

Mike_J August 5, 2023 - 3:35 am

Wow, just wow. So we’re deciding now what kids can learn and what they can’t huh? education system is a joke

RonnyD August 5, 2023 - 8:50 am

Gov DeSantis again! Seems like he’s always in some educational controversy, first African American studies and now this.

Teach4Life August 5, 2023 - 10:21 am

This is tragic! Our kids deserve a full education not a censored one! Stand up teachers!


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