Floridians still seek to clarify rejected math books

Floridians still seek to clarify rejected math books

Journalists across the country have now had weeks to analyze the math books that Florida education officials have rejected, some for allegedly incorporating critical race theory.

  • But clearly the objectionable content was hard to find.

State of play: The Florida Department of Education did not say why 54 of 132 books submitted for review were rejected. Only teachers, publishers and journalists are left to try to find suspicious passages.

The context: After a review of 21 of the books, The New York Times reported that most of the books never touched on race, let alone the CRT.

  • Many included content on social-emotional learning, a practice from psychological research that attempts to help students develop mindsets that can support academic success.

The last: After analyzing some of the nearly 6,000 pages of examiners’ notes released by the state, the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald reported that the vast majority of examiners saw no evidence of banned topics.

Yes, but: Pro bono reviewers with ties to conservative groups, like Moms for Liberty, flagged this content, the Times and Herald reported.

The plot: The Orlando Sentinel reported only one reviewer complained. She called one precalculus book “agenda-driven and biased” and complained that one was “biased when it comes to global warming and the climate crisis”.

  • The Ministry of Education disputed the Sentinel story, but the newspaper stands by it.

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