Ben Shapiro’s take on Florida textbook controversy makes waves on Facebook

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro has long had an extremely loyal fan base, but even his most ardent supporters were likely shocked by how much traction his common-sense take on a recent Florida controversy over critical race theory in elementary school textbooks ultimately generated on social media, as Forbes reports.

The kerfuffle began when Florida’s Department of Education (DOE) said no to more than 40% of mathematics texts submitted for adoption by the public school system there, citing the inclusion of references to critical race theory and other problematic topics prohibited under state law, as Fox News noted.

In explaining the move, DeSantis declared, “It seems that some publishers attempted to slap a coat of paint on an old house built on the foundation of Common Core, and indoctrinating concepts like race essentialism, especially, bizarrely, for elementary school students.”

After outraged liberals demanded to see examples of the content deemed unacceptable by the Florida DOE, officials released a select series of offending passages, including one in which a textbook mentions the “Implicit Association Test” designed to assess degrees of racial prejudice among groups and displays a graph suggesting that conservatives harbor more racial bias than non-conservatives.

In publicizing the passages, the DOE noted that “These examples do not represent an exhaustive list of input received by the Department. The Department is continuing to give publishers the opportunity to remediate all deficiencies identified during the review to ensure the broadest selection of high quality instructional materials are available to the school districts and Florida’s students.”

Cheering Florida’s tough stance on those who would promote critical race theory and other troublesome subject matter in the state’s classrooms, Shapiro took to Facebook and heaped praise on the governor and others who are “taking this issue seriously.”

Shapiro also opined that the push to incorporate woke indoctrination techniques into learning environments at all levels “has gotten out of control,” adding that “Florida is the roadblock others should be duplicating.”

The reliably conservative pundit’s stance on the matter certainly got people thinking, as the Facebook post alone sparked nearly 200,000 interactions, racking up over 170,000 reactions, a staggering 13,000 shares, and 6,000 comments, as Forbes also noted.

Though it is true that conservative news items regularly notch considerable stats on Facebook, three of Shapiro’s recent posts garnered top ten rankings for the week in which they were made, according to Forbes, reminding his friends and detractors alike just how impressive his reach has become.