Florida really wants to be the new Mississippi

Florida has a new addition to the long, absurd list of topics it considers too “woke” to tolerate: math textbooks.

When vetting math books for K–12 classes, the state education commissioner rejected 41 percent of submissions because of “references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics,” the state announced yesterday in a press release titled, “Florida Rejects Publishers’ Attempts to Indoctrinate Students…”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has made education—and stoking fears of child indoctrination by liberals—one of his top priorities. In 2019, he signed an executive order eliminating Common Core, a set of educational standards introduced in 2010 to improve students’ academic performance and standardize what kids learn in different states. He followed that up by proposing the notorious Stop W.O.K.E. Act, which seeks to shield students and workers from feeling “guilt, anguish, or other forms of psychological distress for actions, in which he or she played no part, committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.” Last but not least is the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, signed into law last month, which imposes broad restrictions on how educators can talk about gender and sexuality.

Sorry; but, I don’t see many folks moving to Mississippi to enjoy the benefits of a racist past, a history of government by bigotry. Looks like Florida is working extra hard to expand on that theme to include general stupidity.

3 thoughts on “Florida really wants to be the new Mississippi

  1. Floridabulous says:

    Proposing a sweeping ban on math in Florida’s classrooms, Governor Ron DeSantis asserted that “the latest research” indicates that “math makes children gay.” https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/desantis-warns-that-math-makes-children-gay
    “For years, liberals in the education mafia have brainwashed Americans into thinking that our children should learn to add, subtract, multiply, and divide,” he told reporters. “We now know that numbers are a portal into a so-called alternative life style.”

  2. Moronosphere says:

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announces “The free state of Florida has a new license plate for pre-order that benefits the Florida Veterans Foundation and sends a clear message to out-of-state cars, ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ or Florida,” https://finance.yahoo.com/news/desantis-proposed-state-license-plate-090011948.html
    “The newly proposed state specialty license plate features a coiled rattlesnake that was first pictured in the Gadsden flag, an historical American flag waved as a protest against government tyranny.
    These days, that Colonial-era relic has been co-opted as a popular symbol for U.S. Capitol insurrectionists, right-wing militia groups, QAnon crackpots and Koch-funded tax protesters.
    It serves as a valuable tool for the rest of us to identify the chuckleheads in our midst. So, for that reason, I’m all in favor of giving people the option to put it on their state license plate.”

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