Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claimed that he banned “woke” math books because they were asking children how they felt about basic arithmetic exercises.
DeSantis has rejected more than 50 textbooks earlier this year after a review from a Department of Education deemed that the textbook materials were incorporating “critical race theory” along with “unsolicited addition” of social-emotional learning concepts.
Ron DeSantis explains why “woke” math books have been banned
Speaking on Friday at a “Moms for Liberty” conference in Tampa, the Florida Governor said, “These math books, they were doing woke math. Trains cancelled – live: Heatwave rail disruption continues as public urged not to travel. And I was thinking to myself ‘two plus two equals four right’? Not two plus two equals well, how do you feel about that, is that an injustice? No, we gotta teach the kids to get the right answer.”
In the department’s review, the textbooks were deemed as “impermissible”with state standards as they contained “prohibited topics” like critical race theory. Most of the textbooks rejected were for kindergarten level through fifth grade.
“They took the woke out and sent us back normal math books,” said DeSantis
According to the report by the Florida Department of Education issued in April, out of the 132 math books submitted by school districts, 54 contained objectionable “woke” topics, containing allusions to critical race theory.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Education Department of Florida referred to the contents of the textbooks as an “attempt to indoctrinate students.”
Ron DeSantis said that some publishers appeared to have attempted to disguise an old house built on the foundation of Common Core, indoctrinating concepts such as race essentialism, particularly for elementary school students. He also said that he was grateful to Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran and his team at the Department for conducting such thorough vetting of these textbooks to ensure they comply with the law.
Later in May, the department released a 6000 page report containing reviews on each of the books. According to the report, there were instances where the books were rejected for containing mentions of “racial profiling in policing” and “types of housing for different groups of people.”
In the “Moms for Liberty” conference in Tampa on Friday, Ron DeSantis declared that publishers removed all the pieces in the textbooks that the state said mentioned critical race theory. “It doesn’t matter how you feel about the math problem,” Ron DeSantis said after rejecting the books in April. “It matters whether you can solve the math problem.
Praises pour in for RonDeSantis for banning woke textbooks
A conservative group based in Florida, named the Florida Family Policy Council, approved Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s decision to ban textbooks in the state that mentioned woke topics like the critical race theory.
“We support the bill that bans the teaching of CRT, and we support the Department of Education and the governor’s decision to remove these textbooks,” says John Sternberger, president of the Florida-based conservative group.
“These are new textbooks,” he continued, “and what’s happening is activists are using something as generic as math, not even history—where arguably it might be more appropriate—or social studies. They’re using math to just slip in examples of things that are irrelevant and have to do with supporting some of the pre-suppositions of critical race theory.”
Lieutenant Gov. Jeanette Nunez, at a talk show also supported Ron DeSantis’s decision and said, “What we’ve seen is obviously a systematic attempt by these publishers to infiltrate our children’s education by inviting topics such as Critical Race Theory [into] things that have nothing to do with math.”