After rejecting dozens of math textbooks for “woke content” and alleged references to critical race theory (CRT), Florida schools have accepted nine more books into their classrooms.
The state’s education department announced earlier this month that it had rejected 54 of 132 math books submitted for state review, finding them ‘unacceptable under the new standards. Florida or contained prohibited subject matter,” the Florida Department of Education (DOE) said in a statement. Release.
Several Democratic lawmakers challenged that decision, asking for examples of where CRT resided in math textbooks. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ administration was quick to defend the rejection of the 54 textbooks.
On Thursday, the DOE announced that nine of the rejected books had been added back to the list of learning materials for the school year after saying publishers had “an opportunity to address any deficiencies identified” to be re-reviewed for a classroom use.
The DOE wrote in an announcement on its website, “Publishers are aligning educational materials with state standards and removing woke content, allowing the department to add nine more books to the adoption list of the DOE. Status in the last 11 days”.
At least 71% of the initially rejected books were for K-5 grades, the DOE said.
DeSantis has been very outspoken against CRT, saying in a statement on April 16, “It looks like some editors have tried to put a coat of paint on an old house built on the foundations of Common Core, and indoctrinate concepts like racial essentialism, especially, oddly, for elementary school students.”
“I am grateful that [Commissioner of Education Richard] Corcoran and his team at the Department have conducted a thorough review of these manuals to ensure that they comply with the law.”
Last year, the Florida school board announced it would ban the teaching of CRT in public schools, although the theory was never taught before the ban. Last week, DeSantis officially signed a bill that bans the teaching of CRT in all K-12 grades.
CRT is an academic theory that teaches race, class, gender, and sexuality to understand their impact on American culture. Opponents have argued that the CRT negatively teaches that racial injustice is a systemic problem and encourages students to feel guilt or hatred toward America. DeSantis has outwardly expressed that the theory is “toxic.”
“Mathematics is about getting the answer right,” DeSantis said on April 18. “And we want kids to learn how to think so they get the right answer. It’s not about what you think about the problem or introducing some of these other things. It’s that there’s a right answer and a wrong answer, and we want our kids to get the right answer.”
Newsweek has contacted the Florida DOE for comment.