Florida Bans 54 Math Textbooks For “Indoctrination”

And so the purge has started.   We have seen all this before.   Now the school textbooks must be scrubbed of the information the radical right doesn’t want anyone to know.   Remember that a recent example of changing history was the Russian young adults receiving sickening and deadly radiation dose by digging into and staying in the highly contaminated radioactive soil.   Why did they do this?  According to the Chernobyl plant workers the Russians never heard about Chernobyl, they were not taught it, they never seen reports on the news about it, never had talks at home about it.   Maybe their bosses had heard of it either.   In the US a decade ago Texas tried to scrub their history books of any information that showed the US in a bad light and less than always exceptional.  Because the view of the newly elected board god created the US to be his nation on earth (not sure how that works with the bible)  and unless you constantly sing the praises of the US you are unpatriotic.   And we all know that only bad people like Democrats and the left are unpatriotic, right?  I want to again make sure that when the radical right says CRT they are not talking about the real CRT but instead they are talking about the boogieman they created that claims the real history of mistreatment of black is CRT.  The person who pushed this strategy admitted it was to link anything the right doesn’t like with the letters CRT. 

 Remember the Republicans claim the don’t say gay bills are about not teaching sex to little kids.   Really math books are teaching kids sex.  Damn I needed those math textbooks in school I might have learned more math.  Would have kept me interested as a teenager I can say.   So think of what this purge really is for.  Making sure all mentions of mistreatment of blacks and any mention of LGBTQ+ even in the peripheries or vaguely because the scapegoats cannot be made mainstream / accepted by kids.  It really makes clear why these bills are called “Don’t say gay”.  

The Miami Herald reports:

The Florida Department of Education on Friday said the state will not include dozens of math textbooks in a list used by school districts to buy books for classrooms because their content included references to critical race theory and other “prohibited topics” and “unsolicited strategies.”

The announcement was made in a press release titled “Florida Rejects Publishers’ Attempts to Indoctrinate Students.” It did not include the names of any of the books or provide specific examples of the content that prompted their objections.

The state agency said that 54 of the 132 textbooks that publishers submitted for the state’s review were “impermissible with either Florida’s new standards or contained prohibited topics — the most in Florida’s history.” Most of the books that were not approved were for grades K-5, the statement said.

Salon reports:

On Friday, Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced that the state had rejected the math textbooks under the state’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) standards. Corcoran has been pushing the moral panic over Critical Race Theory.

In a December press release from Gov. Ron DeSantis, Corcoran claimed, “our classrooms, students and even teachers are under constant threat by Critical Race Theory advocates.” DeSantis praised the banning of math textbooks.

“I’m grateful that Commissioner Corcoran and his team at the Department have conducted such a thorough vetting of these textbooks to ensure they comply with the law,” DeSantis said after Corcoran found 21% of math textbooks “incorporate prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including CRT.”

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This is how the rubes will hear this: “Even math books contain Critical Race Theory” and that will be the end of it. The Republicans can literally say or do anything and the rubes will vote them as long as they are racist, phobic and sexist. Women are whores, minorities should be obliterated and men are kings who can do as they please.

11 thoughts on “Florida Bans 54 Math Textbooks For “Indoctrination”

  1. The tweet comments were pretty clever. I especially liked this one — They were extremely suspicious of possible secret meanings behind all the = and ≠ signs. — the cartoons were also spot-on. Especially the “To Do” list.

    Humor aside … it’s downright scary what some of the red states are doing. Truly, they are taking this nation backwards as fast as they can.

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    1. Hello Nan. That is so true, the right is regressive. Beyond what normally is thought of as conservative. About 40 years ago I learned the definition of a conservative was averse to change or innovation and holding traditional values and (in a political context) favoring free enterprise, private ownership, and socially traditional ideas. Back then that meant Republicans. But the party was trying to hold on to social culture that was only a decade or so in the past. They wanted to return or keep the country as it was just a short time ago. That was way back in the Reagan days of my learning about politics. Then started the Limbaugh influence time frame, where anything that the left did was evil and the right must be proactive in destroying advances in civilized society. Different subject. But the point was Republicans were moving slowly forward with the culture, there was not a huge chasm of divide. But now the Republicans / radical right wants to return the culture of the country, our society, back a century. Back to when they felt they were honored as the assumed automatic leaders of society. Really this is mostly drive by men who want to return to a time when their bad behavior towards women and minorities was accepted and not punished. The men of this mind set have not moved forward with the culture and have been sold the idea that their problems have been caused by other people having right and acceptance. The meaning of what conservative is has changed in my life time to mean intolerance and oppression and people supporting a fascist controling government. Weird. But that is the Overton window idea in effect.

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      1. You write that “the meaning of what conservative is has changed” and in the big picture, I would agree. But I also think there are many people who identify as conservatives who are totally unaware of what the title now represents. They still see themselves by the “old” definition.

        It goes back to what I’ve said before, the demands of “living” remove/limit their time to actually see the changes that are taking place — and/or to even care what’s happening.

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  2. Does DeSantis realize the cost to the school districts now that they will have to replace all these perfectly usable textbooks? Thousands of dollars, easy. Do the math!

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    1. Hello Perry. Another great point. Sadly I don’t think the bigots really care about the cost as long as they get to oppress and discriminate against those they dislike. We have seen the Republicans don’t care about costs when they get what they want, they only care about costs to keep the left / public from having anything. Spread the wealth to the wealthy, spread the pain poverty to the public is a Republican mainstay.

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  3. Hi Scottie;
    Not sure of the legality of this, but I can’t help but to wonder if the children of any school district in FL could now file a law suit against the gov., school board, etc. that their education and there-in life and standard of future living is being put into jeapardy for frivolous political grandstanding? Let not a bully or a shooter occur and the idiots in charge are too focused on this … stuff, rather than on the safety of the students. It begs for a lawsuit.


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    1. I agree, Randy, but from all I’ve read about Florida politics, anyone who would go up against the “guv’mint” would be fighting a losing battle. It’s a shame that, in the long run, it will be the kids who will suffer the idiocy of the state’s leaders.

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      1. Hello Nan. You are correct. Florida is not a real democracy any more. Yes if you can get an untainted federal court to hear your case you might have a chance. But if you have to use state courts with Republican appointed judges you are screwed. While the rest of the rest of the country is sliding towards banana republic territory Florida just jumped right over the cliff edge.

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    2. Hello Randy. I remind you of the battles in red states between right wing teachers / governments over kids that do not want to say the pledge to the flag or forced prayers. Atheist kids who just don’t want to be forced to repeat or listen to a religious ceremony / pray to a god that is not theirs are shunned and in some places those families have been driven out of town. That is why now the names of the families are kept secret in these court cases because the good Christian folk have gotten very violent in defending their all powerful god. So any kids / families that were to sue would most likely not have community support and would be targets for harassment and abuse.

      But even more to your point some states like California are trying to use the Texas bounty hunter laws against abortion against assault weapons. The SCOTUS has said that it is OK when used against something they don’t like such as abortion. However lawyers I have listened to think that SCOTUS will twist it self in knots with meaningless word salads to claim that these bounty hunter laws only apply to things conservatives hate and not things conservatives like. Because we all know the SCOTUS decides cases not on the law or evidence but by ideology and their religious faith.


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