Florida Department of Education releases examples from rejected math textbooks

The Florida Department of Education rejected 54 of the 132 math textbooks publishers showed them. The department said the state is rejecting publishers’ attempts to “indoctrinate” students. However, the state at first did not provide examples of critical race theory that it found in the textbooks.Many parents wanted the department to show them examples.”To understand like why they’re making the decisions they’re making,” Shari Portillo , a mom of two, said. The department provided four photos they say the public sent to them. One shows a bar graph titled “Measuring Racial Prejudice by Age.” Another uses scores from an “Implicit Bias Test” in a math exercise. Some families told us they spotted the references to critical race theory. “If it’s trying to push the narrative that kids need to be apologizing that they’re white, it’s wrong,” Suzanne Rivera, a grandmother, said. “And it’s not that it’s bad data or that it’s a bad topic. It’s just that, why is it inserted into a math problem that has no context and has no room for discussion?” The other examples outline social-emotional learning, which some educators feel is a critical part of education. “You should be not teaching just the subject matter, you should be teaching it in a way where you’re building self-esteem and self-confidence,” Wendy Doromal, the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association president, said.WESH 2 News reached out to FLDOE for comment Friday and did not hear back.

The Florida Department of Education rejected 54 of the 132 math textbooks publishers showed them.

The department said the state is rejecting publishers’ attempts to “indoctrinate” students. However, the state at first did not provide examples of critical race theory that it found in the textbooks.

Many parents wanted the department to show them examples.

“To understand like why they’re making the decisions they’re making,” Shari Portillo, a mom of two, said.

The department provided four photos they say the public sent to them.

One shows a bar graph titled “Measuring Racial Prejudice by Age.”

Another uses scores from an “Implicit Bias Test” in a math exercise.

Some families told us they spotted the references to critical race theory.

“If it’s trying to push the narrative that kids need to be apologizing that they’re white, it’s wrong,” Suzanne Rivera, a grandmother, said.

“And it’s not that it’s bad data or that it’s a bad topic. It’s just that, why is it inserted into a math problem that has no context and has no room for discussion?”

The other examples outline social-emotional learning, which some educators feel is a critical part of education.

“You should be not teaching just the subject matter, you should be teaching it in a way where you’re building self-esteem and self-confidence,” Wendy Doromal, the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association president, said.

WESH 2 News reached out to FLDOE for comment Friday and did not hear back.

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