Florida is quickly becoming the place to live for the criminally sane. The state education department took the time to examine mathematics textbook companies wanted to sell to Florida schools and the department rejected 41% or 54 of them because they pushed Critical Race Theory or common core. Common core is the former theory that the effort was more important than accuracy and of course, CRT is just another way of pretending that every white person is racist and no Black people are.
Governor Ron DeSantis said:
“It seems that some publishers attempted to slap a coat of paint on an old house built on the foundation of Common Core, and indoctrinating concepts like race essentialism, especially, bizarrely, for elementary school students. I’m grateful that Commissioner Corcoran and his team at the Department have conducted such a thorough vetting of these textbooks to ensure they comply with the law.”
According to a press release from the department:
“Reasons for rejecting textbooks included references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics. The highest number of books rejected were for grade levels K-5, where an alarming 71 percent were not appropriately aligned with Florida standards or included prohibited topics and unsolicited strategies. Despite rejecting 41 percent of materials submitted, every core mathematics course and grade is covered with at least one textbook.”
Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said:
“We’re going to ensure that Florida has the highest-quality instructional materials aligned to our nationally-recognized standards. Florida has become a national leader in education under the vision and leadership of Governor DeSantis. When it comes to education, other states continue to follow Florida’s lead as we continue to reinforce parents’ rights by focusing on providing their children with a world-class education without the fear of indoctrination or exposure to dangerous and divisive concepts in our classrooms.”
“It is unfortunate that several publishers, especially at the elementary school grade levels, have ignored this clear communication and have attempted to slip rebranded instructional materials based on Common Core Standards into Florida’s classrooms, while others have included prohibited and divisive concepts such as the tenants of CRT or other unsolicited strategies of indoctrination – despite FDOE’s prior notification.”
Mathematics is a necessary skill for every American and it is much more important to master that skill than to master the effort or master the belief that every white person is evil. It’s just common sense not common core.