Florida has taken another step against the push to inject progressive ideology into K-12 classrooms. The state’s education department announced that it had rejected dozens of math textbooks that included material inspired by Critical Race Theory (CRT) and other types of unapproved content. The agency turned down 54 out of 132 math textbooks that were submitted for state review, finding these books were “impermissible with either Florida’s new standards or contained prohibited topics,” according to a press release.
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) weighed in on the revelation, arguing that progressive publishers were attempting to covertly infuse concepts related to CRT even in books designed to teach mathematics.
“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,” he said in a statement. “I’m grateful that [Commissioner of Education Richard] Corcoran and his team at the Department have conducted such a thorough vetting of these textbooks to ensure they comply with the law.”
The state’s department of education has not yet provided a list of the books it rejected. It also has not given examples of the type of content it found objectionable. However, this is not the only instance in which the far left has tried to use math as a means of influencing young minds. Last year, the Daily Mail published a report describing a program called “Dismantling Racism in Mathematics” that was intended to promote antiracism. From the report:
“Educators around the country have come out to condemn a ‘Dismantling Racism in Mathematics’ program which tells teachers not to push students to find the correct answers to math problems because doing so promotes white supremacy.
“The program is centered around a workbook for teachers entitled ‘A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction’ which asserts that America’s education system – even mathematics instruction – reinforces the dominant power structures of white colonizers.”
This is the latest in a series of moves Florida’s government, under DeSantis’ leadership, has taken to curtail progressive attempts to indoctrinate students. It recently passed the Parental Rights in Education bill, which prohibits teachers from instructing kids seven years old and younger on gender identity and sexuality. DeSantis also signed a bill that gives parents more of a say in choosing the books school libraries are allowed to carry. School boards are required to inform the public when they seek to approve new instructional materials, and objections are to be reported to the state.
Naturally, the left was none too happy about the decision to reject certain math textbooks. Columnist Jennifer Rubin, a progressive Biden sycophant pretending to be a conservative, complained about the move. “they will create a generation of dopes. is this what parents want?” she tweeted [incorrect capitalization Rubin’s].
State Rep. Anna Eskamani (D) intimated GOP leaders did not want students learning about racism. She tweeted:
“Asked for list of these MATH books to see what GOP leaders are dramatizing now.
“I wonder if these math books highlighted statistics of racial disparities & that’s what they don’t like?
“If those statistics make you uncomfortable maybe do something about it instead of erase them?”
Congressional candidate Melanie D’Arrigo (D) accused Republicans of launching a “coordinated attack” to promote white supremacy:
“Book bans, monitoring teachers, whitewashing history, harming LGBTQ+ kids— these aren’t separate issues.
“Call it what it is— a coordinated attack by Republicans to destroy public education in this country and push white supremacist propaganda to children.”
It is worth speculating that the real reason these folks are upset is because leaders like DeSantis are foiling their plans in a very public way. Over the past two years, the nation has seen parents, politicians, and high-profile members of the chattering class resist progressive efforts to indoctrinate schoolchildren. These activists’ anger is understandable given the fact that only a few years ago, disrupting their plans to influence kids seemed nearly impossible. In fact, with most parents remaining unaware of what was occurring in the classroom, it appeared their scheme would work without a hitch.
But during the COVID-19 pandemic, the curtain was snatched away when children were forced to attend classes from home, and parents saw what they were being taught. What followed was a nationwide movement in which parents caused a stir at school board meetings. The venting of outrage resulted in a slew of laws passed in red states limiting or outlawing the teaching of inappropriate material in the classroom. Now, more parents are pulling their kids out of public schools and exercising alternatives. To put it simply, the tide is turning, and the far-left mission to inculcate children with their ideology is in peril. Perhaps the far-left isn’t quite as all-powerful as they would have people think.