Florida Math Books With Indoctrinating Concepts
Florida Math Books With Indoctrinating–
In 2021, sunshine state Governor Ron DeSantis announced new academic standards for Florida public schools, dubbing them “Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking.” Also known as B.E.S.T.
Since those standards were enacted, the Florida Department of Education found that a whopping 41% of proposed math books intended for K-12 students for 2022-2023 did not meet these standards thanks to their inclusion of controversial topics.
“Reasons for rejecting textbooks included references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics,” the department said in a recent statement.
“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,” it added.
Florida officials have blocked 54 math textbook from its K-12 curriculum, claiming some of them contain "critical race theory."
The rejected titles make up a record 41% of the books submitted for review.https://t.co/d3t5V6Jo3T
— NPR (@NPR) April 18, 2022
DeSantis had this to say personally in a recent statement: “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.”
His use of the word “bizarrely” is important, because it highlights the sheer insanity and determination behind activists wanting to inject CRT concepts into, but limited to, core competencies like math.
DeSantis’s messaging also serves as a signal to parents about just how deep these indoctrination efforts go.
According to mainstream media reports, CRT isn’t even taught in public education. Even though stories like these seemingly make headlines weekly thanks to pressure from state leaders such as DeSantis.
Per the Florida Gov., “We will not be allowing the teaching of these divisive, anti-American concepts in our schools. Period.”
The Florida Department of Education later shared that 54 of 132 proposed books were rejected for classes of all grades. Adding that publishers are not allowed to appeal the state’s decision.
The state’s new Common Core standards, under the acronym B.E.S.T., were created last year as an outline for the submission process for the 2022-2023 school year.
“We’re going to ensure that Florida has the highest-quality instructional materials aligned to our nationally-recognized standards,” Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran shared in a statement.
The Florida Department of Education has rejected 54 math books for containing “prohibited topics” like references to critical race theory, calling it an “alarming” discovery that violates the state’s education standards. https://t.co/millCpOXbh pic.twitter.com/FrI5Mvckxx
— Newsmax (@newsmax) April 17, 2022
“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,” Corcoran added.
Ultimately, B.E.S.T. standards were implemented in an effort to keep controversial topics with ideological leanings out of the classroom so students could focus on core academic competencies above all else.
As many parents have noticed, and as the Florida Department of Education just mentioned themselves, Florida is leading the charge against CRT in public schools by using state power to ensure only approved material becomes part of its curriculum.
So far, B.E.S.T. is working and sending a strong message to publishers, activists, and most importantly, parents. Not just in Florida, but for communities nationwide who have been pushing back against CRT indoctrination in education – often to little avail.
With this latest move, Florida has set a precedent that other states can (and hopefully will) follow suit on.
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Florida Math Books With Indoctrinating