What textbooks were deemed inappropriate by the Florida Department of Education?

Linda D. Garrow


FORT MYERS

More than 50 math textbooks were rejected by the state of Florida’s Department of Education.

It’s the longest list of rejected math textbooks in state history.

The Florida Department of Education decided the material in the books does not meet its standards. On Thursday, the department shared a few examples of the offending texts on its website.

“You do have things like social and emotional learning and some of the other things that are more political in there,” DeSantis said during a recent news conference.

WINK News was able to find two of the textbooks rejected by the state.

The Department of Education said its responsibility is to ensure textbooks do not include unsolicited strategies.

Kevin Daly, the president of the Lee County Teacher’s Association, said he wants to see what those strategies are.

“I believe in transparency. And so, you know, it’d be great if they could tell me, you know, in this book, this is specifically what the problem is in that book. This is specifically what the problem is,” Daly said.

First Grade Florida Reveal Math, published by McGraw Hill Publishing, is one of the books singled out by the education department.

Nearly every page includes a small section that says “Math is mindset” and asks a question relating to one’s feelings like, “how can you act with your classmates to create a safe classroom culture?” or “what helps you feel calm when you are angry?”

“It’s not about how you feel about the problem or to introduce some of these other things, it’s, there’s a right answer and there’s a wrong answer. And we want all our students getting the right answers,” DeSantis said.

In the book “Thinking Quantitatively: Communicating with Numbers,” statements discuss cultural norms and the belief that men are better than women in math. It also includes an example that discusses the probability of a Black person being killed by a gunshot in the U.S.

“the light of transparency, I think really kind of clears up any confusion here or any doubt,” Daly said. “I think as long as there’s some, some perception of it not being a transparent process. That’s what leads people’s minds to kind of wander in different directions.”

The list of rejected books is:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

1. Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards for MATH Grade K, Big Ideas Learning, LLC

2. HMH Florida’s B.E.S.T. Go Math! (Kindergarten), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

3. Florida Reveal Math, Grade K, McGraw Hill LLC

4. enVision Florida B.E.S.T. Mathematics Grade K, Savvas Learning Company LLC

5. Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards for MATH Grade 1, Big Ideas Learning, LLC

6. HMH Florida’s B.E.S.T. Go Math! (First grade), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

7. Florida Reveal Math, Grade 1, McGraw Hill LLC

8. enVision Florida B.E.S.T. Mathematics Grade 1, Savvas Learning Company

9. Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards for MATH Grade 2, Big Ideas Learning, LLC

10. HMH Florida’s B.E.S.T. Go Math! (Second Grade), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

11. Florida Reveal Math, Grade 2, McGraw Hill LLC

12. enVision Florida B.E.S.T. Mathematics Grade 2, Savvas Learning Company LLC

13. Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards for MATH Grade 3, Big Ideas Learning, LLC

14. HMH Florida’s B.E.S.T. Go Math! (Third Grade), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

15. Florida Reveal Math, Grade 3, McGraw Hill LLC

16. enVision Florida B.E.S.T. Mathematics Grade 3, Savvas Learning Company LLC

17. Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards for MATH Grade 4, Big Ideas Learning, LLC

18. HMH Florida’s B.E.S.T. Go Math! (Fourth Grade), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

19. Florida Reveal Math, Grade 4, McGraw Hill LLC

20. enVision Florida B.E.S.T. Mathematics Grade 4, Savvas Learning Company LLC

21. Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards for MATH Grade 5, Big Ideas Learning, LLC

22. HMH Florida’s B.E.S.T. Go Math! (Fifth Grade), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

23. Florida Reveal Math, Grade 5, McGraw Hill LLC

24. enVision Florida B.E.S.T. Mathematics Grade 5, Savvas Learning Company LLC

25. STEMscopes Florida Math Grade 4 Accelerated, Accelerate Learning

26. Florida Reveal Math, Grade 4 Accelerated, McGraw Hill LLC

27. STEMscopes Florida Math Foundational Grades 3-5, Accelerate Learning

MIDDLE SCHOOL:

1. HMH Florida’s B.E.S.T. Into Math Accelerated 6, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

2. Florida EdGems Math Course 2, EdGems Math LLC

3. enVision Florida B.E.S.T. Mathematics Grade 7, Savvas Learning Company LLC

4. Math Nation: Florida’s B.E.S.T. 7th Grade Accelerated Math, Math Nation (a division of Study Edge)

5. Florida EdGems Math Course 3, EdGems Math LLC

6. Florida Reveal Math, Grade 8 Pre-Algebra, McGraw Hill LLC

7. Carnegie Learning FL Foundational Skills in Mathematics 6-8 Digital Student License, Carnegie Learning, Inc. dba EMC & Mondo Ed

HIGH SCHOOL

1. Sofia (Alegbra I), Link-Systems International, Inc.

2. Florida B.E.S.T Standards for MATH Algebra 2 with CalcChat and CalcView, Big Ideas Learning, LLC

3. Sofia (Algebra 2), Link-Systems International, Inc.

4. Math Nation: Florida’s B.E.S.T. Algebra 2 Honors, Math Nation (a division of Study Edge)

5. Intensified Algebra I (Vol 2), Agile Mind Educational Holdings, Inc.

6. Thinking Quantitatively: Communicating with Numbers, Savvas Learning Company LLC

7. Carnegie Learning FL Foundational Skills in Mathematics 9-12 Digital Student License, Carnegie Learning, Inc. dba EMC Publishing & Mondo Ed

8. Algebra and Trigonometry, Savvas Learning Company LLC

9. Precalculus with Limits: A Graphing Approach, Cengage Learning

10. Functions Modeling Change, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

11. Precalculus, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

12. Precalculus: Savvas Learning Company LLC

13. Precalculus: Enhanced with Graphing Utilities, Savvas Learning Company LLC

14. Sofia (Geometry), Link-Systems International, Inc.

15. Math Nation: Florida’s B.E.S.T. Geometry, Math Nation (a division of Study Edge)

16. Elementary Statistics: Picturing the World, Savvas Learning Company

17. Stats In Your World, Savvas Learning Company LLC

18. Statistics and Probability with Applications, Bedford, Freeman and Worth Publishing Group

19. Stats: Modeling your World, Savvas Learning Company LLC

20. Thinking Mathematically, Savvas Learning Company


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