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The Florida Department of Education (DOE) has revealed examples of four math textbooks banned from Floridian classrooms due to their “woke” content.
According to a report from The Hill, the math textbooks were thrown out due to their inclusion of “prohibited topics,” such as discussions centered on Common Core learning theories, Critical Race Theory (CRT), and Emotional Learning (SEL).
A report from TC Palm includes a gallery of the images shared by the DOE, which includes a picture of an addition and subtraction word problem that is rife with questionable content.
One of the problems reads: “What? Me? Racist? More than 2 million people have tested their racial prejudice using an online version of the Implicit Association Test.” The word problem uses examples of “slight” and “moderate” bias as a part of the question.
In Florida, SEL is often blocked, and under the leadership of Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., CRT has been brought into the spotlight.
In January, DeSantis revealed in an interview with Mark Levin that he is committed to empowering parents to hold schools accountable for refusing to follow state standards.
“We’re gonna give parents the ability to go in and get legal relief if they’re not following our state standards with respect to history and government,” DeSantis stated.
According to The Hill’s report, Florida’s DOE is not specific about what denotes a violation of state standards. Therefore, it is not entirely clear if the pages alone are what caused the math textbooks to be banned.
In an official press office statement, the DOE addressed the issue of prohibited topics in state textbooks and shared a comment from Gov. DeSantis: “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. I’m grateful that Commissioner Corcoran and his team at the Department have conducted such a thorough vetting of these textbooks to ensure they comply with the law.”