Found in the conservative scrutiny of Florida's math books: a joke about Jews


The cover of a textbook, "Thinking Mathematically," that includes a Jewish divorce joke.

(JTA) - In a purge following accusations that textbook publishers were trying to "indoctrinate" students in allegedly liberal concepts, Florida rejected dozens of math books from being used in the state's schools.

One of them contained a string of Jewish jokes - including one that a conservative activist flagged as antisemitic: "Why do Jewish divorces cost so much? Because they're worth it."

The joke is attributed to Henny Youngman, the late Jewish comedian, and was included in the book "Thinking Mathematically," by Rob Blitzer, in a chapter on "Counting Methods and Probability Theory." The...

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