miami — The Florida Department of Education has rejected 54 math textbooks for including “critical race theory” and “socio-emotional learning,” a move that has been criticized for political reasons.
Geometry and algebra have not been left out of the controversial decisions of the Floridian government, headed by a Republican governor, Ron DeSantisAnd last Friday it was announced that 41% of the 132 books submitted for schools from classes I to XII were rejected.
This Monday authors’ organization Penn America criticized the measure, noting that “educational gap orders” already reach a wide variety of educational materials, including math.,
This disapproval “raises serious concerns about whether these decisions are made on the basis of pedagogy or politics,” said Jeremy Young, manager of the freedom of expression and education program at Penn America.
The state government’s decision adds to the recent approval by the regional legislature of a controversial bill that prohibits the teaching of critical race theory in classrooms and gives parents the right to sue the schools where this teaching is given. goes.
“Race Theory” is a set of concepts and concepts used to understand and address inequality and racism in the United States, while “Socio-Emotional Learning” (SEL) refers to “self-awareness, self-control and seeks to develop interpersonal skills”. for school success.
The figure of 41% of rejected books is a “record,” as recognized by the Florida Department of Education itself, and a good portion of them, whose titles were not disclosed, were due to the fact that “they cover prohibited subjects.” include or unwanted strategies”, including important race theories,
The rejection rate in the books submitted for the primary education cycle was 71 percent.
State Representative Carlos Smith also criticized the measure, and in a message on Twitter believed that DeSantis had turned the classes into a “political battlefield”.
PEN America indicated in what context should the “merit” of math textbooks be assessed? “the effectiveness with which they help students learn mathematical concepts”,
The decision came days after DeSantis invoked a controversial law popularly known as “Don’t Say Gay,” which prohibits teachers from addressing gender identity and sexual orientation in classrooms between kindergarten and third grade.
From that grade of primary education both issues will be addressed in an “age-appropriate” manner.
And it also adds to the growing number of school books that are being banned in public centers across the country.,
According to PEN America, Florida is the third state in the country—after Texas and Pennsylvania—to restrict schools with the highest number of titles, mostly related to sexual orientation and gender, racial, ethnic or religious identity.
According to this organization, the most “censored” author is Maia Kobabe, for the allegedly explicit images of sex in her graphic and autobiographical novel “Gender Queer: A Memoir” about sexual identity, but also in the graphic novel ” Maus” is also included. Pulitzer Prize-winning Art Spiegelman’s about the Jewish Holocaust.
Nationally among the authors most affected by these decisions are Andres Midoso, author of “Desmond Cole’s Ghost Patrol” and Ashley Hope Perez for his novel “Out of Darkness” (2015), which describes a love story between a teenager Is. Girl Mexican American and a young African American.