Opinion: Will the textbook ban change students’ thinking?

Florida’s rejection of 42 math textbooks to include “forbidden” subjects obscures one more subtle and important point: decades of educational research are at odds with the American view of freedom and ethics.

The books were rejected to include new taboo subjects, such as socio-emotional education and critical race theory. At a recent news conference, Republican Florida Gov. Ron Descentis announced that “math is about finding the right answer … not about how you feel about the problem.”

Yet educators point to a large portion of the research that shows how students feel about math problems is really critical.

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