Florida’s Department of Education seems to be attempting to put rumors to rest about their decision to ban some of their school’s previous curriculum by releasing the materials for parents to read.
According to a report by The Daily Caller, examples of the critical race theory in mathematics textbooks were released, including a book that claimed conservatives are more racially prejudiced than liberals.
Florida’s Republican Governor, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office announced on Monday that the state’s education department rejected more than 40% of the math textbooks for including “indoctrinating concepts” and Common Core standards.
This was reported by the Daily Caller News Foundation which cited a press release from the governor’s office with outlined the indoctrination materials, however, no exhaustive list was offered for everything that was rejected.
“These examples do not represent an exhaustive list of input received by the Department,” the presser reads.
According to the Daily Caller’s assessment of the materials, “One textbook showed students a bar graph that measures racial prejudice by political identification. The graph shows that conservatives are reportedly more racist than liberals, citing data from the debunked Race Implicit Association Test.”
Another highlighted passage highlighted the concept of “social-emotional learning,” which is, according to the Daily Caller, steeped in the tenets of critical race theory.
DeSantis’ spokesperson Christina Pushaw initially cited “copyright” issues that prevented the office from sharing specific examples, however, the office was clear that it was due to CRT-related materials.
Mainstream media outlets have been quick to criticize all efforts to edit CRT-related materials from the children’s literature and curriculum, however, DeSantis’s spokesperson said that the governor’s office was not involved in specific materials being removed, only conceptual practices.
“Politico reported DeSantis’ math textbook rejection is part of his push to prohibit educators from teaching lessons on gender ideology to students under eight years old. CNN cited “educators” that claimed CRT is ‘generally not included in grade school teaching,’” the Daily Caller reported.
“CRT-inspired materials in textbooks are popping up around the country, according to multiple reports. Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona also considered adding a math textbook that claimed conservatives are more racist than liberals.”
This decision comes on the heels of the state passing the controversial parental notification laws that made it possible for parents to become more involved in the curriculum, especially sexually related materials, that were part of children’s education, and banned talk of sexuality for the youngest students.