Education Department Releases Examples of CRT in Florida Rejected Math Textbooks

April 22, 2022 Updated 2:55 PM ET

Math textbook denied by Florida Department of Education
Math textbook denied by Florida Department of Education

April 22, 2022 Updated 2:55 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – The Florida Department of Education released examples of Critical Race Theory found in the rejected math textbooks that were proposed to the department. 

Florida rejected 41% of submitted math textbooks last week after the education commissioner said the materials referenced Critical Race theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics. 

Examples include bar graphs teaching students to measure racial prejudice by age. Another graph has students measure racial prejudice by political identification. It displays charts telling students that those with conservative beliefs are more prejudiced

These examples teach students about the Implicit Association Test. It is a test used to prescribe ‘implicit associations’ regarding race and gender.  

Another example under the section about “Adding and Subtracting Polynomials” has a paragraph showing how people have tested their racial prejudice. 

Here is an excerpt: 

“What? Me? Racist? More than 2 million people have tested their racial prejudice using an online version of the Implicit Association Test. Most groups’ average scores between ‘slight’ and ‘moderate’ bias…”

“Adding and Subtracting Polynomials” excerpt of rejected Florida textbook

The department provided a couple of examples on Social Emotional Learning. 

“Social Emotional Learning” example in rejected Florida textbook

The state vetted the 132 submitted textbooks and rejected 54 of them. Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said 71% of the submitted books for grade levels K-5 were rejected because they included prohibited topics and unsolicited strategies. 

The department gives publishers the chance to appeal and remedy any deficiencies found during the vetting process. When the pictures were released, the department said in a disclaimer that these examples were provided to the department from the public and presented no conflict in sharing them. 

In 2021, the Florida Department of Education requested bids from publishers to submit math materials and textbooks to be included on the state’s adopted list. Publishers have the ability to appeal any non-adoption decision. 

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