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Savvas and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Math Books Rejected by Department of Education
You may have read about the controversy surrounding the McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt math textbooks, which have been rejected by the Department of Education. However, did you know that Savvas Learning Company math textbooks are also rejected by the department? Read on to find out what happened. We’ll examine the controversy surrounding these three textbooks and what you can do about it. We’ll also look at Savvas’s new math textbook, Mathematica, which aligns closely with the state standards.
McGraw Hill math textbooks rejected by the department
State education officials have rejected eight McGraw Hill math textbooks due to the content in them. Currently, only one company has been approved for math textbooks by Florida schools – Accelerate Learning. This decision comes despite a review by the company. The publishers are appealing the decision. Parental rights advocates say that injecting liberal politics into math curriculum divides students and teaches them to explain their math problems as racism.
While the Florida education department isn’t publicly disclosing which textbooks were problematic, the release of scores of documents showing rejections by state officials suggests it’s likely that many of them contain racist references or other controversial content. They also claim that some of the rejected math textbooks are designed to address student feelings about mathematics together. While this reversal is rare, the department did say it’s adding nine more books to its state adoption list.
Florida’s Department of Education is citing “unsolicited strategies” in the mathematics textbooks as reasons for rejecting them. The department’s website also provides examples of textbooks that violate the rules. During a review of 21 math textbooks by the department, national correspondent Dana Goldstein found little mention of race. She hypothesized that the objections were a result of social-emotional learning.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt math textbooks rejected by the department
The Department of Education rejected 54 math textbooks, or 41 percent of the total market, in a recent review. The state published four problematic parts of the textbooks, including a math problem that begins with “What? Is my math lesson racist?” and asks students to solve the equation based on their Implicit Association Test scores. The New York Times analyzed the textbooks in detail, pointing out that the texts aren’t just about math. They also include literature and social emotional learning concepts, which help students develop these skills.
The review committee also found that EdGems Math and other mathematics textbooks submitted by Houghton Mifflin Harcor were not aligned with state standards. They were also not able to provide clear definitions of “understanding” or “benchmark” information. While the textbooks were not rejected outright, many teachers had complained that they were not up to par with state standards for mathematics.
The review panel noted that some publishers had attempted to incorporate social emotional learning into their K-5 math textbooks. While these publishers’ textbooks do not include explicit language about religion, they do have examples of housing, diversity, and multiculturalism. The review panel is divided on the decision, but the FAIR Act Implementation Coalition, which critiques the texts, has said they support the commission’s recommendations.
Savvas Learning Company math textbooks rejected by the department
The Florida Department of Education has rejected several new high school math textbooks that use the Pearson brand. In some cases, the publisher has changed the names of titles to suit the needs of the department. The first set of rejected books is an algebra textbook by Savvas Learning Company, a third-party distributor of Pearson materials. In this case, the textbooks were rejected due to the controversial content in some examples.
The department’s decision to reject math textbooks published by several companies has raised many questions. The Savvas Learning Company, for example, has a long history of working with Florida’s Department of Education and aligning its materials to the state’s standards. The company’s math textbooks have also faced criticisms from scholars who say the department’s rejection process does not provide enough explanations for the decisions.
The Carnegie bid 357 was recommended for rejection based on several factors. While it aligned with the state’s math standards, the book’s content did not. While it did meet all of the standards, the Savvas Learning Company math textbooks were still deemed inappropriate. This decision does not mean the company has failed to provide educational resources to educators, however. Savvas’ math textbooks are now being revised and approved for grades nine through 12.