DeSantis' Victory Lap: Publishers 'Bending Over Backwards' To Delete Woke & Biased Content

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 06 May 2022 10:40
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Textbook publishers agreed to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ demands to stop “woke content” after over 40% of math textbooks in the state were rejected.

On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Education declared that “publishers are aligning their instructional materials to state standards and removing woke content allowing the department of education to add 19 more books to the state adoption list over the past 17 days.”

Some of the exercises singled out by the FLDOE include graphics revealing racial prejudice by age group and political affiliation, as well as a “social and emotional learning” instructive unit “designed to build student agency by focusing on students’ social and emotional learning.”

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The FLDOE declared on April 15 that it had rejected 41% of math textbooks proposed by publishers for public instruction because they contained “indoctrinating concepts” like Critical Race Theory (CRT), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Common Core, which are prohibited by the state according to the Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards.

The FLDOE clarified that publishers could substitute or revise their submitted bids to meet Florida’s specifications or appeal the decision. More books have been added to the adoption list “because they removed woke content and made other changes to meet state standards,” FLDOE Press Secretary Cassie Palelis told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Tuesday.

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“We have high standards and reject books with unacceptable content because we know that publishers can easily adjust their materials to meet our guidelines, as displayed by the fact that it took less than two weeks for additional publishers to amend entire books, resubmit them, and get put on the adoption list,” FLDOE Press Secretary Cassie Palelis announced in a statement to the Daily Caller.

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After initially refusing to provide instances of rejected textbooks over copyright concerns, the FLDOE published a few examples of the materials in question on April 21. Examples included a graph that measured racial prejudice according to political identification that revealed Conservatives are reportedly more racist than Liberals and multiple “social-emotional learning” activities, which critics have claimed is a loophole to repackage CRT and disseminate the material throughout public schools.

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Palelis stated that the department will continue to enable publishers “to remediate all deficiencies identified during the review to ensure the broadest selection of high-quality instructional materials are available to the school districts and Florida’s students.”

“We hope to add instructional materials to the state adoption list as additional publishers address our concerns and meet our standards,” she concluded.

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