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The latest target of woke progressive lunacy is facts. Literally, facts.
Mathematics facts, to be exact.
Because now, according to woke progressives, finding the right answer and showing your work is actually racist and white supremacist.
The Oregon Department of Education newsletter promoted a teachers training program called “A Pathway to math Equity Micro-Course,” which is aimed at “dismantling racism in mathematics” through “ethnomathematics.”
Oh, you didn’t know that math is racist? You thought there were just objective facts that follow a set of mathematical laws and rules that don’t care about your feelings or the color of your skin? Just picture me rolling my eyes.
Well, the Oregon Department of Education has put together a toolkit to show teachers how to find the ways that “white supremacy culture” has “infiltrat[ed] math classrooms.”
Apparently, requiring students to “show their work” is racist. They say it is white supremacy to expect a student to write out the mathematical process and show the steps they took to arrive at the answer. Who cares if the teacher needs to see the student’s work in order to ascertain whether the student understands the underlying mathematics principles or grasps the required processes. It doesn’t matter that showing your work enables teachers and students to identify trouble spots in lengthy or difficult math problems, especially in the event that the student arrives at the incorrect answer.
The focus on finding the mathematically correct answer and the idea that there is just one right answer is, itself, racist and white supremacist. Or so the woke progressives are now saying. Apparently,
“Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuate objectivity as well as fear of open conflict.”
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I already wrote about the disaster that is Critical Race Theory, so we already knew that woke progressives always take it a step further. Even the idea of “objectivity” or “the belief that there is such a thing as being ‘neutral'” is characteristic of white supremacy, according to the “Equitable Math” toolkit.
“The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so.”
In the training, teachers are encouraged to,
“Learn key tools for engagement, develop strategies to improve equitable outcomes for Black, Latinx, and multilingual students, and join communities of practice.”
Additionally, they are encouraged to “come up with at least two answers that might solve this problem” instead of focusing on a single correct answer. But… what if there’s only one correct answer?
Can’t wait for that first skyscraper to be built using the woke progressive version of “equitable” math where the “right” answer is racist and therefore doesn’t actually matter, and you can just use whatever answer you believe is right.
Think you’ll want to live in an apartment where the structural engineer wasn’t required to correctly calculate the maximum weight limits for an elevator? Or the required materials to build the foundation? The “right” calculation won’t matter because that’s racist, you see.
Think you’ll want to drive on a bridge where the structural engineer wasn’t required to correctly calculate the weight limit or the building material strength, because that would have been racist?
Think you’ll want to hire an employee who demands $300 for 10 hours of work at $15/hour and accuses you of being racist for insisting that 10×15 isn’t 300?
But here’s the thing.
The laws of mathematics don’t care about your feelings or your skin color.