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Florida Rejects 41% of Proposed Math Textbooks, Citing “Indoctrination” of Critical Race Theory

For elementary age students, only one quarter of the proposed textbooks passed muster

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Florida’s Department of Education rejected nearly half of the suggested math textbooks for 2022-2023 because they violate state laws prohibiting teaching critical race theory, among other reasons. The decision sets a new high-water mark for books bans in the state that has become a principal battleground on such cultural issues.

A press release titled “Florida Rejects Publishers’ Attempts to Indoctrinate Students” published on the department’s website Friday said that the quashed textbooks “included references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics.” Florida in 2020 abandoned the use of widely-adopted academic standards, known as Common Core.

The statement also noted that 41% was the highest level of rejection in the state’s history, and that among kindergarten through fifth-grade groups specifically, 71% of the suggested math books were “not appropriately aligned with Florida standards.”