Which math books got the axe?

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Cindy Marie Jenkins

Contributing Writer

Thursday, April 21, 2022

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On Monday afternoon, state Rep. Anna Eskamani, a Democrat from Orlando, posted the titles of all 132 math books reviewed by the state Department of Education on her Facebook page along with a list of the 78 math textbooks that were accepted. An unprecedented 54 textbooks were rejected, allegedly because they contained elements of Common Core Standards, social-emotional learning, and what Gov. Ron DeSantis referred to in a Department of Education press release, as “indoctrinating concepts such as race essentialism.”


The department's press release said that textbook publishers were attempting to slip “prohibited and divisive concepts such as the tenants of CRT or other unsolicited strategies of indoctrination” into classrooms. CRT refers to critical race theory, a university-level field of study that posits that racism is not limited to individual prejudice but is built into the structures of American society. CRT is not taught in K-12 schools.


Here’s a breakdown of the rejections per the Department of Education:

  • 28 (21 percent) are not included on the adopted list because they incorporate prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including CRT.

  • 12 (9 percent) are not included on the adopted list because they do not properly align to B.E.S.T. Standards. (Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking)

  • 14 (11 percent) are not included on the adopted list because they do not properly align to B.E.S.T. Standards and incorporate prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including CRT.

  • Grades K-5: 71 percent of materials were rejected.

  • Grades 6-8: 20 percent of materials were rejected.

  • Grades 9-12: 35 percent of materials were rejected.

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