On April 15, the Florida Department of Education issued a dramatic press release: "Florida Rejects Publishers’ Attempts to Indoctrinate Students." In the release, Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced that he had rejected 54 math textbooks submitted by publishers for the next school year. According to the Florida Department of Education,
That DeSantis and his ilk would consider being respectful of the views of others a form of indoctrinating our children tells you a lot about the Republican Party at large.
I still say follow the money. Which publishing companies gain from these bans and which ones lose? And who are they affiliated with?
Kids learning to think critically and use information to solve problems is a clear threat to power. This is despicable behavior from an openly corrupt set of profit-hungry power-mongers.
I’m a product of Florida’s public school system, as well as a parent of kids in florida schools. I didn’t receive the instruction or attention I needed in K-12 to overcome my minor learning issues (resulting from undiagnosed ADHD PI type) and gain a solid foundation in math concepts.
Now, at age 40 I’m really learning what I should and could have learned decades ago so I can work and thrive in the real world, where problem-solving team-players are in extremely high demand.
The effort that emotionally immature political grifters are putting into destroying an already flawed and struggling education system for the sake of racist pandering and personal gain is disgusting and unacceptable.
Your reveal about 'race' in one of the text books is a perfect encapsulation of what's going on here. It's all part of the effort to kill public schools.
The sad reality of this authoritarian, anti-education exercise in totalitarianism by Dear Leader Desantis has at least four elements:
1) How much money do Desantis and/or his largest campaign contributors stand to make by supplying "approved" textbooks as substitutes for those previously used?
2) Since with "conservatives" every accusation is an admission of guilt, it's clear that Desantis', et al's, problem with these textbooks is not that they are trying to "indoctrinate" students, but that that they encourage students to think outside the box and interfere with the white supremacist, xtian nationalist, indoctrination that Desantis and his cronies want the schools to maintain.
3) The phrase "prohibited topics" comes right out of the playbook of authoritarian regimes throughout the world (Russia, North Korea, and China come to mind): since when have we in AMERICA had "prohibited topics" than cannot be discussed?
and 4) I strongly suspect Desantis and his cronies would fail any class that involved higher mathematical principles, therefore they are offended that such books even exist since they make them feel stupid (which they likely are, at least in the functional sense)?
Clearly Florida schools and teachers must now answer to Desanits' "ministry of truth" and students MUST now be taught that up is down, right is left, 2+2 = whatever the "ministry" wants it to equal, and GOOD (as in "the golden rule"), as it was defined for millennia, must now be portrayed as subversive and EVIL.
What the ____ is wrong with these people? I have a guess, the Repukes don’t want an informed, intelligent and rational populace because they learn facts and are too difficult to brainwash.
The Republicans now stand for nothing more than outrage politics. They have no new ideas, no policies of their (other than making sure that abortion is completely inaccessible to women but guns are completely accessible to everyone). Ron DeathSantis is the perfect cypher for this new breed of Republican.
I think those books were rejected because not all the kids depicted in the graphics were white.
Anyone with children in Florida should run screaming. DeSantis is terrifying and just spreads hate. I wonder if the textbook companies who publish the books he's banning support diversity and LGBTQ people, or employ some non white men - maybe that's why he's banning them? Hard to think of anyone I despise more.
What is a bully? One who is full of fear and who protects himself from fear by castigating anything he doesn't like. viz DeSantis - and he has scared all the repubs in the FL legislature by his intransigence.
With Desantis you always follow the money. In Florida it is a pay to play administration. He is a horrid little man and Has surrounded himself with thugs and mean spirited power hungry people.
This monster, like most rePUGliCONs want the peon’s who are poor to be stupid! Well guess what he can go to ——. As a white woman I will teach all I can about the truth. And share Popular!
I love how Florida is just creating a generation of "Florida Men"
Someone needs to educate this governor about hills and the propensity to become deceased on them. Not everyone can be Donald Trump.
Incidentally, kids can engage through Social Emotional Learning frameworks now or they can engage later with another framework known commonly as Soft Skills Training.
I’m a fan of Stephen Covey and “7 habits of Highly Effective People.” Because he was a Mormon may draw controversy, but working together is something that is largely missing in today’s culture.
Those who can do it will win, those who can’t won’t.
WAKE UP, it's ALL just a scam to buy new textbooks from GOP donors!
"CRT is a graduate-level academic framework which explores how "laws, policies, and procedures that function to produce racial inequality."
No, it is not. Critical Theory in all forms is completely fake scholarship. It is toxic and destructive postmodernist illiberal hogwash. It has absolutely no place in any K-12 instruction, and any institution of higher learning that has it embedded in other subjects needs to have access to all federal assistance.