The Florida Department of Education announced last Friday that it has rejected many math textbooks submitted by publishers, in part because they “contain banned subjects,” including critical race theory. How did this academic concept that racial inequalities are perpetuated by structural forces rather than individual behaviors come to be included in math textbooks for elementary and middle school students? Secret.
The Florida Department of Education called its approach “transparent” but did not identify the rejected textbooks or passages with prohibited topics. He only mentioned that 54 of the 132 mathematics textbooks submitted by the publishers, or 41%, did not meet his criteria.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis offered this explanation: “It seems that some publishers were trying to give an old house built on the foundations of the United States a new coat of paint [programme scolaire] Common Core and especially indoctrinating concepts like racial essentialism […] for elementary school students. »
Democratic State Representative Carlos Smith condemned the DeSantis administration’s decision in a tweet: [Le département d’Éducation] has just announced that it will ban dozens of math textbooks it believes are “indoctrinating” students with critical race theory. He doesn’t want to tell us what they are or what they say because it’s a lie. #DeSantis has turned our classrooms into political battlefields and this is just the beginning. »
.@EducationFL have just announced that they are banning dozens of math textbooks that they claim are “indoctrinating” students with CRT. They won’t tell us what they are or what they say because it’s a lie.#DeSantis has turned our classrooms into political battlefields, and this is just the beginning. 👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/AliAGRDJIW
— Rep. Carlos G. Smith (@CarlosG.Smith) April 15, 2022
Keep in mind that the Florida governor recently enacted the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law, which prohibits or restricts the teaching of subjects related to sexual orientation or gender identity in elementary and secondary schools.
DeSantis, who reportedly harbors presidential aspirations, is also slated to sign a law called the Stop WOKE Act, which will limit the way issues related to racism can be addressed in classrooms and the workplace.
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