READ: Florida shares examples from rejected math textbooks

Florida education officials say books referenced critical race theory, more

The state Department of Education shares excerpts from books it has banned, including math textbooks.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Department of Education released examples of math problems found in 54 books the state has rejected for use in classrooms after officials said the publishers were attempting to indoctrinate students.

Some of the examples provided by the department on Thursday show bar graphs that labeled conservatives as showing more racial prejudice than liberals. Another example provided by the FDOE is a word problem that begins with, “What? Me? Racist?” and asks the student to calculate a level of racial prejudice.

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The state also shared a lesson objective for students that states the course should “build proficiency with social awareness as they practice with empathizing with classmates.”

The department did not specify what books the excerpts came from.


The department said 41% of the submitted textbooks included references to critical race theory, common core and social emotional learning. The state said grades K-5 had the most materials rejected.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement, “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, bizarrely, for elementary students. I’m grateful that Commissioner (Richard) Corcoran and his team at the Department have conducted such a thorough vetting of these textbooks to ensure they comply with the law.”

Approximately every five years, a team of three reviewers is appointed by Florida’s Commissioner of Education to evaluate newly-published textbooks in a particular subject area.

Click here to visit the department’s website to see the excerpts.

About the Author:

Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.