TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A review of 132 math books by the Florida Department of Education led to the banning of more than 40% of them due to what the state calls “banned subjects,” including critical race theory and social-emotional learning.
Fifty-four math books have been banned, with 6,000 pages of internal debates released this week by the state.
In the comments of a critic, published by Spectrum Bay News 9’s partner newspaper, the Tampa Bay Weatherthe critic noted in a mathematics textbook:
- Most of the athletes depicted were black, while whites featured in non-sports related images.
- “Agenda-driven and biased” regarding climate science. The reviewer noted that the publisher accepts the climate crisis as “scientific fact”.
- Several exercises related to a debate between Al Gore and Rush Limbaugh, where the editor was in favor of Al Gore’s arguments based on the questions in the exercises.
In a statement, the Department of Education said examiners “…must meet minimum professional qualifications and must assess materials based on alignment with state standards… Supplementary Law of the ‘State regarding the instruction required and any additional offer specifications.’
Not only does the State Board of Education have its own book review board, but some local counties have theirs as well.
Next week, the Polk County School Board will meet to discuss two books it banned during a review of district documents.