PRESS RELEASE: Education Leaders Condemn Board of Governors Vote to Remove Sociology from Core Curriculum

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 24, 2024) – Education leaders today are speaking out against the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) vote to remove Principles of Sociology as a general education core course option for students. Florida’s college and universities students have effectively been hindered in their ability to benefit from curriculum that is diverse and welcomes critical thinking.

“We are disappointed in this decision by the Board of Governors (BOG) but unfortunately, we are not surprised. Florida’s State Board of Education (SBOE) and BOG have made it abundantly clear that they do not care about the robust education of our students, and instead only care about political games. I repeat this warning – Florida is now the only state in the nation that no longer includes sociology as a core course option within the general education curriculum.

UFF will not back down but will continue to fight for the rights of our students, graduate assistants, and faculty. More importantly, UFF will continue to advocate for a first-class higher education system that continues to promote research, analysis, teaching and learning, critical thinking, discourse (that challenges and informs), and academic freedom in an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment that allows our students to grow and thrive.”

Teresa M. Hodge, United Faculty of Florida (UFF) President, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Broward College

“We are disappointed in the outcome of today’s Board of Governors (BOG) meeting. The votes by the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the BOG are indicative of a state that does not want to listen to its communities or experts. When our leaders fail to take into account our students and their needs, they are failing them and their communities. We must continue to ensure that students from all walks of life are represented in the curriculum they can choose from. At the Florida Education Association, we will continue to advocate for a world-class education that welcomes diversity of thought and works for all students.”

Andrew Spar, President, Florida Education Association (FEA)

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