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Oklahoma Superintendent warns math publishers, ‘Go to California’ if they can’t teach math without CRT

Oklahoma’s top education official is warning textbook publishers that if they can’t teach basic academics without “pushing indoctrination,” they shouldn’t bother bringing their curriculum to the state.

“Look, for me, that’s absolutely fine. If you can’t teach math without talking about transgenderism, go to California, go to New York,” Superintendent Ryan Walters remarked to Fox News Digital.

The conservative official has been at the forefront of the state’s battle against left-wing ideologies in public schools. Recently, several publishers of math texts withdrew their petitions to be included in the state curriculum, after Walter warned them Oklahoma would not accept textbooks that have critical race theory and social emotional learning content.

“I sent out a letter to all textbook companies involved with the state and say, Listen, we will be checking for these things now. Do not give us textbooks that have critical race theory in them,” he said.

This ideology not only “lies” to kids and “warps” their worldview, Walters argued, it is also linked to poor academic standards in schools.

Ahead of the new school year, Walters launched an investigation into Tulsa Public Schools after he said over 95% of students at 15 elementary schools in the district couldn’t read at grade-level during the 2021-2022 school year. He claimed the district was the first in the state to violate the ban on CRT in the classroom.

“It is not a coincidence that your most woke school districts are your lowest performing school districts. The two are absolutely tied together,” Walters analyzed. “Which is why we’re not only committed to driving out every ounce of woke indoctrination in our schools, we’re also dedicated to using free market principles to stand up and encourage mastery of those basics in our schools.”

The former high school history teacher pushed back on the narrative that conservatives are trying to ban books that talk about slavery and civil rights from the classroom.

U.S. history classes should teach students to look at the principles the country was founded on, and evaluate the country’s record of applying those principles as a whole, he argued.

“So as you go through, you talk about the times that America has led the free world, that we have continued to be that light. We’ve done more for individual liberty than any other country in the history of the world. And those belief systems that were there in place, it allowed us to do it. You’ve got to talk about our Judeo-Christian values. The founders were very clear that that was a crucial part of our success. Then you go through and you evaluate. Are these times we lived up to our core principles? You’ve got to be honest with kids about our history. So you talk about all of it, but you evaluate it through the prism of our founding principles. Is this a time we lived up to those principles?” he said.

The conservative sees his fight in Oklahoma as part of a national battle against the Biden administration’s actions in education.

“We are absolutely not going to bend the knee to Joe Biden and do the bidding of the most radical administration that we’ve ever seen in this country,” he said.

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Fox News’ Alexander Hall and Kendall Tietz contributed to this report.

Kristine Parks is an associate editor for Fox News Digital. Read more.

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