Mathematics in the Seattle school district will soon involve teachings about how the study was “appropriated” by Western culture as apart of a movement to “rehumanize” math if the social justice bureaucrats get their way.
The proposed new K-12 framework will focus on how math has been used by Western culture to foment systems of oppression. One such teaching will focus on math’s origins “in the ancient histories of people and empires of color.” Another will explore how math is used to oppress marginalized groups, and how power dynamics are wielded in the math classroom.
This is being done as apart of a nationwide movement to inject ethnic studies across the entire curriculum, even into areas such as math where it doesn’t make much sense. Educational professionals hope to export this type of math teaching throughout every school district in the country before long.
“Seattle is definitely on the forefront with this,” said Robert Q. Berry III, the president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). “What they’re doing follows the line of work we hope we can move forward as we think about the history of math and who contributes to that, and also about deepening students’ connection with identity and agency.”
The NCTM made these recommendations in a report issued at their annual conference in 2018. They argued that the Algebra-Geometry-Algebra 2 trifecta that has been the bedrock standard for generations must evolve to conform with social justice norms.
There will be less of an emphasis toward “getting the right answer” in the new guidelines. There will also be a move against “remedial” and “honors” courses because they feel they are harmful for the feelings of minority students.
“Tracking … in some cases puts students into terminal mathematics course pathways that are not mathematically meaningful and do not prepare them for any continued study of fundamental mathematics concepts,” the NCTM report said.
The curriculum is largely based off the idea of ethnomathematics, which was created out of whole cloth in the 1970s by Brazilian math professor Ubiratàn D’Ambrosio. Rochelle Gutiérrez of the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign has championed the idea of “rehumanizing” math in recent years.
“Math education has been very focused on access and closing the achievement gap, around grit and growth mindset. Those ideas are centered around individuals, and ways of thinking they need to adopt. We haven’t focused enough on identity or systems of power,” Gutiérrez said.
“Students should be able to see themselves in the curriculum, recognize math as a tool for making their lives better, and question what math is, and the purpose of math,” she said.
It will not be long before the new social justice math is pushed in every public school district, as liberal academics devise devious schemes to propagandize precocious students against Western Civilization.
Greg Abbott Blasts Joe Biden for “Neanderthal Thinking” Remark, Says Illegal Immigrants are Exposing People in South Texas to COVID
The Biden presidency is a hot mess.
Texas governor Greg Abbott has blasted President Joe Biden for calling his lifting of statewide COVID-19 restrictions “Neanderthal thinking.”
Appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Thursday morning, Governor Abbott said that Biden’s “Neanderthal thinking” remark was “not the type of word that a president should be using.”
Abbott quickly added that Biden couldn’t have used that phrase “on a worse day” because of how he’s handling the illegal immigrants coming into Texas across the US-Mexico border—many of whom ostensibly have COVID and weren’t tested.
“The day he used that word, his administration has been releasing in South Texas immigrants who came across the border that they refused to test that turned out—there were more than 100 of them who had COVID,” Abbott said. “My point is this: the Biden administration has been releasing immigrants in South Texas that have been exposing Texans to COVID. Some of those people have been put on buses, taking that COVID to other states in the United States. The Biden administration must stop importing COVID into our country. That is a Neanderthal type of approach to dealing with the COVID situation.”
Governor Abbott then defended his decision to end Texas’ statewide mask mandate and allow all businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity beginning Wednesday, March 10.
“These changes that we’ve seen in Texas are not really that transformative. Maybe to people in New York it seems like this is a big difference. In Texas we went from 75 percent to 100 percent occupancy. On the mask requirement, before now there actually has not been any enforcement of the mask requirement […] We continue to make wearing a mask a suggestion and we urge all Texans to wear a mask when they’re out.”
Abbott added that Texas’ last spike occurred during Christmas and New Year’s, meaning that the increased transmission occurred because of widespread travel and indoor gatherings where people weren’t wearing masks, not because of restaurants and gyms and other businesses.
On Tuesday Mississippi governor Tate Reeves followed Texas’ lead and lifted their mask mandate and other statewide COVID-19 restrictions as well.
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