It said that these examples support its rejection of dozens of math books because they contain questions and exercises that are based on critical races theory or Common Core.
Although the state didn't identify the textbooks from which the examples were taken, one seems to have come from an advanced high-school algebra or statistics textbook. It begins with the phrase "What?" Me? Racist?" Students work with data from an online test, which researchers claim uncovers hidden attitudes towards different races.
The other seems to be from a teacher's guide for a kindergarten textbook. It is called "Social and emotional learning - Building student agency" and asks students to collaborate as they place the numbers 1 through 5 in the correct order. This will allow them to "build proficiency with their social awareness while they practice empathizing and practicing with others."
More than 50 math textbooks were rejected by the state -- approximately 40% of all those submitted. The state rejected more than 50 math textbooks -- about 40% of those submitted. However, individual districts are still allowed to buy the texts under Florida law if they spend at least half of their book spending on approved material.
Republican Governor: "It seems that some publishers tried to slap another coat of paint on an older house built on the foundations of Common Core and indoctrinating concepts such as race essentialism especially, bizarrely for elementary school students." Ron DeSantis made the following statement after the rejections were reported late last week. These examples were made public on Thursday.
Former Miami mayor Manny Diaz, Florida Democratic Party Chair, stated in a statement, "Florida has had a system to pick appropriate books for a long time, but it's being politicized now by the DeSantis administration."
He stated that Florida politicians were trying to ignore the judgment of professionals and impose their political views (behind closed door) on every parent in Florida.
More than 40 states have adopted the Common Core standards as a benchmark to help students learn what they should know after each grade is completed. These standards were created by the National Governors Association, but Republicans became increasingly interested in them after the Obama administration forced states to adopt them.
Common Core is accused of imposing inappropriate curriculum on states. Common Core was adopted by Florida in 2000 under Republican Gov. Jeb Bush was a strong supporter. It dropped Common Core under DeSantis in 2020, who claimed it was being replaced with "Common Sense".
Critical race theory is based on the belief that racism is a systemic problem in U.S. institutions, and that these institutions function to perpetuate the dominance of white people within society. Although there is not much evidence to suggest that critical race theory has been taught to students in K-12 public schools, some of its central ideas, like the lingering effects of slavery, have been.
Friday's bill by DeSantis was signed. It prohibits instruction that makes members from a race feel guilty about past actions taken by others of the same race. And it also bars teaching meritocracy to be racist. The bill also includes language that requires teaching about the history of slavery, racial oppression, and other topics.
According to the state education department, the math examples that were released Thursday do not include all the problems it claims parents reported in the rejected texts. The publishers have two weeks to submit their books again to the state without the problematic content.
The Implicit Bias Test online survey, whose organizers claim it uncovers hidden attitudes on a range of topics, gave the data that prompted the high school example about racism. Project Implicit is the operator. It was established in 1998 by three professors from Harvard University, University of Virginia, and University of Washington.
However, the rejected textbook doesn't ask students to complete the Implicit Bias test. The surveys can be found online. Participants are shown photos of black and white faces, mixed with negative and positive words like "glad" and "sadness" in the race test. Participants are required to press the same letter as fast as possible when they are presented with a White face or positive word. They will also be asked to press another letter when they are presented with a Black or negative face.
The mixture is reversed in the next round. Users press the same key when they are presented with a negative or white word, and the opposite when they are presented with a Black word or face. Keys can be reversed in additional rounds. The organizers use speed and accuracy to determine if a person has a hidden bias towards a specific race.
Students are required to use Project Implicit data, which shows that older and younger people are more racist than middle-aged people and that conservatives are more racially biased then liberals.
You can buy any CRT textbook you like if you want to teach your child Woke Math. Christina Pushaw, Florida's press secretary, stated on Twitter that you cannot force Florida taxpayers into subsidize this indoctrination.
However, Diaz, the Democratic Party Chair, is a son of Cuban refugees and said that Republicans are trying to twist facts to suit their narrative.
"Maintaining and advancing their power requires them to control our lives, as well as what we think. He said that my parents didn't escape communism to make their children live under another government.