Florida rejects math textbooks in record numbers over critical race theory

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Although liberal dogma holds that critical race theory is not taught in public schools, Florida has rejected 41 percent of math textbooks for including CRT-related material and other prohibited topics.

The disapproved works totaled 54 of the 131 submitted for Department of Education review, 28 of which incorporated CRT, the agency explained in a press release.

Richard Corcoran, Florida’s education commissioner, said, in part, that “When it comes to education, other states continue to follow Florida’s lead as we continue to reinforce parents’ rights by focusing on providing their children with a world-class education without the fear of indoctrination or exposure to dangerous and divisive concepts in our classrooms.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis implied that publishers were attempting to repurpose the same old propaganda.

“It seems that some publishers attempted to slap a coat of paint on an old house built on the foundation of Common Core, and indoctrinating concepts like race essentialism, especially, bizarrely, for elementary school students. I’m grateful that Commissioner Corcoran and his team at the Department have conducted such a thorough vetting of these textbooks to ensure they comply with the law.”

Common Core constitutes certain federal top-down standards. Education officials also gave a failing grade to any book that included so-called social-emotional learning, which revolves around feelings and social interaction, in mathematics.

In June 2021, the state board of education officially banned CRT in schools.

Textbooks in Florida are required to align with Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (BEST) standards.

“The highest number of books rejected were for grade levels K-5, where an alarming 71 percent were not appropriately aligned with Florida standards or included prohibited topics and unsolicited strategies,” the FDOE news release added.

Officials pointed out, however, that there is at least one approved math textbook for teaching every core mathematics course and grade.

Publishers have the right to appeal the DOE’s decision and also to submit revised math materials that meet the BEST standards.

In the meantime, DeSantis’ tireless press secretary Christina Pushaw has the receipts that CRT is embedded in the math curriculum in other jurisdictions.

On Twitter, Pushaw wrote above a purported example of a ninth-grade take-home assignment that apparently refers to the turbulent life of poet Maya Angelou: “This is math homework from a public school district in Missouri. How does this help kids learn algebra, exactly? No wonder China is winning…”

“Those who are saying it’s fake need a reality check on what kind of content is being promoted in schools nowadays,” she added.

The homework apparently dates back to February and prompted an apology from the superintendent of schools in the Missouri school district.


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