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(CNN) – Florida education officials released four images of some of the math textbooks the state rejected this month, citing what they said was references to critical race theory or other “banned” topics.

The state Department of Education last week rejected 54 of 132 math textbooks that publishers had submitted. The books either failed to meet its benchmark standards for excellence in student thinking or were rejected for including Critical Race Theory (CRT), Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and more , did he declare.

Some conservative groups claim that critical race theory and social-emotional learning are used to indoctrinate students.

Among the images released this week from books the state says have not been adopted are references to “racial bias” and SEL. Which books they come from and their full context is unclear.

From the Florida Department of Education

Department spokeswoman Cassie Palelis did not identify the books and referred CNN to the agency’s website showing “a few examples” that were “received from the public.” It’s unclear what the specific concerns were with the four examples.

“At this time, those who submitted textbooks for review still own the material (i.e. their content is copyrighted and we are unable to make it public for the moment, pending review),” she wrote.

The examples mention the “measure of racial prejudice” and the “implicit association test”.

Another says the “SEL goal” is to help students “build social awareness skills by practicing empathizing with their classmates.”

The fourth includes a word or phrase that has been redacted. It also says, “This feature is designed to strengthen student agency by focusing on students’ social and emotional learning.”

From the Florida Department of Education

The images were released with a disclaimer that read, in part: “These examples do not represent an exhaustive list of comments received by the Department. The Department continues to provide publishers with the opportunity to address any deficiencies identified during the review to ensure the broadest selection of high-quality educational materials are available to Florida school districts and students.

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SEL helps students “develop healthy identities, manage their emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and take responsible and caring decisions,” says the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning.

Timothy Shriver, president of the organization, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he thinks people get scared when they don’t understand things, adding, “I think part of it is honestly fighting for almost nothing. Much of this is driven by political disputes and by political advantage. There is a vast industry in this country that uses contempt and hatred to divide us politically, and I sometimes think that this industry of division and contempt uses the schools to advance its own goals.

More than a dozen states have set standards for teaching SEL in elementary schools, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But as more states consider SEL strategies, conservative groups have claimed that critical race theory is embedded in them.

Sumi Cho, director of strategic initiatives for the African American Political Forum and head of its #TruthBeTold campaign, said Tapper politicians are leveraging the heightened debate to justify banning school programs.

“It’s rather interesting to see this ever-expanding umbrella, under this alarmist campaign, which uses critical race theory as a kind of Trojan horse in education.”

Opponents argue that the CRT is based on Marxism and poses a threat to the American way of life. But researchers studying it say it explores the impact of a history of inequality and racism on American society today.

“We don’t want things like math to have, you know, some of these other concepts introduced. It hasn’t been proven to be effective, and quite frankly, it turns our eyes away,” Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters at a news conference.

Andrew Spar, president of the Florida Education Association, called for transparency on how the state’s Department of Education made the decision, including examples of “objectionable” content and details about who made the decision. reviewed manuals and their qualifications.

DeSantis on Friday signed a bill imposing new restrictions on how schools and businesses can talk about race and gender.

“We are not going to allow and teach that a person simply because of their race, color, national origin or gender is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive. This is wrong,” said the governor, who shared the stage with a group of adults and school-aged children – many of whom carried “Stop Woke” and anti-CRT signs – as he spoke to Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School in Hialeah Gardens.

The bill states that a student and employee cannot be told that they “must feel guilt, anguish, or other forms of psychological distress because of actions, in which the individual has played no role, committed in the past by other members of the same race, color, sex or national origin.

It also prohibits instruction or training that says certain races or sexes are inherently privileged or oppressed.

The bill says schools can teach about slavery and the history of racial segregation and discrimination in an ‘age-appropriate manner’, but the instruction cannot ‘indoctrinate or persuade students from a particular point of view”.

“It’s a whole worldview that a lot of people are trying to inject into the education of our kids, and that’s not real education, it’s indoctrination,” DeSantis said.

The bill comes into force on July 1.

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