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Following the Florida Department of Education rejecting 54 math textbooks that were found to include banned material, the agency has released four examples of the subject matter including a bar graph measuring racial prejudice.
The material included “prohibited topics” such as “references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics,” according to a number of reports cited by the Tampa Bay Times.
The state DOE has been roundly criticized for nixing 41 percent of the 132 math textbooks that have been submitted to be used during the next school year. Even Fox News wanted examples of the banned material which have now been produced.
Fox News host Harris Faulkner stated, “Florida Democrats are demanding to see examples of the CRT in these textbooks. DeSantis so far though has said he set up a review but otherwise, he is not budging.”
Florida Department of Education provides examples from math textbooks rejected due to CRT. The Florida Department of Education has released examples of questions that caused math textbooks to be rejected in the 2022-2023 school year curriculum. pic.twitter.com/w7G7867NNS
— Tracey Jennings Cavasin (@CavasinTracey) April 22, 2022
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 20, 2022
One of the lessons included bar graphs that apparently measure levels of racial prejudice based on age and political identity. It asks students to solve equations based on those findings.
Data in the graphs was taken from the Project Implicit discrimination website. It reportedly shows that those who are 65 and older and that lean towards the conservative end of the political spectrum have the most racial bias.
In another lesson plan concerning polynomials, a problem refers to the Implicit Association Test. It asserts that the 2 million people who have taken the test have a “slight” or “moderate” bias, which hinges on age and political identification.
The last two examples deal with SEL, another ideology that is banned in Florida. One of those lists an SEL objective in math which reads, “Students build proficiency with social awareness as they practice with empathizing with classmates.”
The last example calls for a lesson plan “to build student agency by focusing on students’ social and emotional learning, specifically the five competencies that make up the framework.” Those competencies encompass self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
— Brandon (@Brandonrealthts) April 22, 2022
The examples are not an exhaustive list of material that is banned and found in the math textbooks according to the Florida DOE. Publishers can appeal the rejection of their material.
The New York Times also claims it was able to get a hold of additional pages from Florida school districts concerning math textbooks that were banned.
“The intention of SEL is to soften children at an emotional level, reinterpret their normative behavior as an expression of ‘repression,’ ‘whiteness,’ or ‘internalized racism,’ and then rewire their behavior according to the dictates of left-wing ideology,” explained Chris Rufo, who is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, according to the New York Times.
Yes, critical race theory has been embedded into math education. pic.twitter.com/egrDayApTs
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) April 18, 2022
Previously, the agency said in a statement that the books were banned because they were not “aligned with Florida standards or included prohibited topics and unsolicited strategies.”
“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 agency noted according to the Daily Mail.
The examples Florida released from math text books rejected, clearly show how CRT is injected into curriculum while denying CRT is being taught.
— Mijenoob (@mijenoob) April 22, 2022
Governor Ron DeSantis officially banned CRT in Florida schools last year. He asserts that it promotes hatred among students and blames individuals for past racism.
“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,” he stated concerning the rejected textbooks. “I’m grateful that Commissioner [of Education Richard] Corcoran and his team at the Department have conducted such a thorough vetting of these textbooks to ensure they comply with the law.”
Math is about getting the right answer, not about feelings or ideologies.
In Florida, we will be educating our children, not indoctrinating them. pic.twitter.com/BmhBXEljYM
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 18, 2022
Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran remarked that the other 24 banned books were tossed because they included Common Core and SEL practices and failed to align with the department’s standards of education.
“We’re going to ensure that Florida has the highest-quality instructional materials aligned to our nationally-recognized standards,” Corcoran vowed, according to the Daily Mail. “Florida has become a national leader in education under the vision and leadership of Governor DeSantis.”
“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,” he emphasized.
“It is unfortunate that several publishers, especially at the elementary school grade levels, have ignored this clear communication and have attempted to slip rebranded instructional materials based on Common Core Standards into Florida’s classrooms, while others have included prohibited and divisive concepts such as the tenants of CRT or other unsolicited strategies of indoctrination – despite FDOE’s prior notification,” the Florida DOE said in a statement.
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