Department of Florida of Education announced he rejected dozens of math textbooks submitted by publishers for schools, stating that they “contain prohibited topics”, including critical race theory.
Why is it important: Several Republican-led states have taken steps to limit student access to critical race theory, or CRT, academic framework developed in 1970s by legal scholars who focus on on systemic racism.
- How Systemic Racism Is Taught—or Not Taught in public the school has become new fault line in culture wars, notes Axios’ Russell Contreras. Critics say that the so-called CRT bans the end up limiting any discussion of diversity, according to Contreras.
By numbers: 54 out of 132 math books (41%) recently submitted for review in the state was found be “unacceptable with either in Florida new standards or contained prohibited topics,” according to the Florida Department. of Statement of Education (FDOE) on Friday.
- 28 (21%) of these books were “not included on accepted list because they include prohibited topics or unwanted strategies, including CRT,” the statement said.
- 14 (11%) were “not included on accepted list because they do not properly comply with BEST standards and include prohibited topics or unwanted strategies, including CRT,” the statement said. added.
big painting: Republican-controlled Florida House of Representatives passes measure in February designed do it easier pull books found be objectionable.
Details: Majority of the rejected books were for Elementary schools, according to a statement from the Department of Education.
- The department said it was “unfortunate that several publishers” “ignored” the 2021 directive and “attempted to shove rebranded educational materials.” materials”in books, while others” included forbidden and divisive concepts such as tenants of CRT or other unwanted strategies of indoctrination despite prior notice to the FDOE.”
Its useful to note: The Department of Education said. review process as “transparent” but did not name rejected textbooks or provide examples of passages that failed to meet the criteria.
What they say: DeSantis said in statement that he is “thankful” to Richard Corcoran, outgoing commissioner of education and his team for “examination of these textbooks for ensure they respect with law.”
- “Seems like some publishers tried to slap coats of paint on Old house built on in foundation of Common core and ideological concepts like race essentialism, especially, bizarrely, for elementary school students, DeSantis added.
Another side: State Representative Carlos Smith (D) tweeted On Saturday, DeSantis “hysterically dragged math textbooks from Florida schools, claiming they ‘indoctrinate’ kids with CRT”.
- “Is not just insane right indulgence— next they will spend MILLIONS of tax dollars forcing schools buy math textbooks from the Republican Party campaign donors, “Smith added.
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