Between signing the “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law, attacking transgender student athletes and scolding kids for wearing masks, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is doing a bang up job at damaging young people’s lives.
His administration’s latest move to “protect” the youth, however, has become an instant laughing stock.
DeSantis voiced his support after 41% of Florida’s math textbooks were blocked for allegedly teaching “critical race theory.”
“Math is about getting the right answer. It’s not about how you feel about the problem or introducing some of these other things,” he said. “There’s a right answer and there’s a wrong answer.”
Florida state Rep. Carlos G. Smith was among those who criticized the move, calling for transparency as to how the administration deemed the books inappropriate.
DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw — the same person who said opponents of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill were “groomers” — offered these examples of objectionable math problems from Missouri, which last we checked was not in Florida:
This is math homework from a public school district in Missouri. How does this help kids learn algebra, exactly? No wonder China is winning…
— Christina Pushaw ?? (@ChristinaPushaw) April 17, 2022
It didn’t take long for the Internet to figure out that Pushaw’s example was total nonsense.
First off, the questions didn’t come from a textbook — they were part of an internet worksheet, as Rep. Smith noted:
#DeSantis had three days to provide basic info on the 54 math books he banned from schools for allegedly “indoctrinating” kids with CRT.
The best his propaganda machine could do was deflect to a Missouri district that apologized for a homework assignment they didn’t approve.?? pic.twitter.com/2KkUqqWMNl
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) April 18, 2022
Shortly after, someone found the actual worksheet the company had produced, showing it had been edited:
Here’s the picture of the actual math work. The school district altered it to fit their narrative. And now the governor of Florida is using the doctored work to justify banning math books. @AnnaForFlorida pic.twitter.com/ameu7u5Bko
— THEE emanzi🔰 (@emanzi) April 18, 2022
“Here’s the picture of the actual math work,” the commenter wrote. “The school district altered it to fit their narrative. And now the governor of Florida is using the doctored work to justify banning math books.”
Florida Rep. Anna V. Eskamani offered this sobering perspective:
Reminder that as the Governor demonizes math books he just signed a 15 week abortion ban into law, is actively working to pass unconstitutional district maps that erase Floridians & is doing nothing to address the rising cost of rent. So much of this is distraction & deflection.
— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani ? (@AnnaForFlorida) April 18, 2022