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Controversial textbooks to remain following district meeting with concerned citizens

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Jul 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-28 10:51:12-04

NAPLES, Fla.  — At a school board meeting Wednesday night, officials decided to retain a set of mathematics textbooks that had caused controversy among some community members over their content.

This comes after we have seen a back-and-forth over state standards.

One submitted objection to the board says in part, "the pre-calculus textbook for students uses human population growth in one of the questions," which they claim is controversial because of topics which can potentially be connected to the topic, such as illegal immigration.

The objector suggested using wildlife population growth instead.

Another submission claimed bias in a college-prep algebra text in which some questions focus on global warming. The complaint states that in almost every instance of such questions, "the relationship [to global warming] was an absolute, yet often, such types of situations have multiple contributing factors."

Earlier this month, Collier County residents objected to social-emotional learning, which parents said was found in textbooks for Kindergarten through 5th grade.

The school board's decision to keep the textbooks as provided was unanimous. They argued state guidelines allow textbooks to connect students to many real-life situations.