See Examples of CRTs in Manuals – NBC 6 South Florida

Days after learning that Florida had rejected dozens of math textbooks containing references to critical race theory and for other trouble, the state’s education department released examples of some passages that have been flagged as not meeting their standards.

The Florida Department of Education said Thursday that the examples were provided to them by the public.

“Based on the volume of requests the Department has received for examples of problematic items of recently reviewed instructional materials, the following examples are provided to the Department by the public and have presented no conflict in sharing them,” said the department in a disclaimer on their website. “These examples do not represent an exhaustive list of comments received by the Department.”

An example shows a bar chart titled “Measuring racial bias, by age” with a second bar chart titled “Measuring racial bias, by political identification.”

Another example titled “Adding and Subtracting Polynomials” shows a mathematical model used to “measure bias”.

“What? Me? Racist? Over 2 million people have been tested for racial bias using an online version of the Implicit Association Test,” the example reads. “The average scores for most groups fall between ‘mild’ and ‘moderate’ bias, but the differences between the groups, by age and political identification, are intriguing.”

Another example has a “SEL goal,” referring to social-emotional learning, which reads: “students learn social awareness skills by practicing empathizing with their peers of class”.

The department said it rejected 54 of the 132 textbooks submitted, or about 41%.

The highest number of rejected books were for K-5 levels, where 71% were not properly aligned with Florida standards or included prohibited topics and unsolicited strategies, the department said.

In addition to references to CRT and SEL, the books were rejected for inclusions of Common Core, which has been removed from classroom instruction in Florida, the department said.

Although the books listed in the document were not approved, education officials said publishers could appeal the state’s decision.

“The department continues to provide publishers with the opportunity to address any deficiencies identified during the review to ensure the broadest selection of high-quality educational materials are available to Florida school districts and students,” said the department said on its website.

Critics said the book’s rejection was just the latest from Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state leaders to wage political culture wars in classrooms.

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