Textbook publishers will comply with a demand from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to remove “woke content.” The Florida Department of Education on Tuesday announced 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.”
The Florida Department of education flagged graphics that included leftist language on “equity” determined by race and political affiliation. In addition, a portion of the state’s “social emotional learning” curriculum was ruled to have been “designed to build student agency by focusing on students’ social and emotional learning.”
Even math textbooks were found to include leftist ideology in word problems and equations. One textbook showed data comparing racial prejudice to political affiliation as the basis for a few math questions. Another was removed because it falsely claimed natural immunity was ineffective against COVID-19 when compared with vaccination.
“Reasons for rejecting textbooks included references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics,” Florida’s Department of Education said in a statement.
“The highest number of books rejected were for grade levels K-5, where an alarming 71 percent were not appropriately aligned with Florida standards or included prohibited topics and unsolicited strategies,” the department added.
DeSantis has long been a vocal opponent of CRT/DEI-themed curriculum in Florida classrooms. In January 2020, the governor announced new academic standards for the state, which were designed to replace Common Core standards. The new standards were titled, “Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking,” or “B.E.S.T.”
Under Florida’s B.E.S.T standards, the use of CRT/DEI terminology is prohibited. All of this led to the textbook review, which ultimately led to the rejection of 54 books out of 132 proposed books.
Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
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