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Oregon Department of Education Promotes Program to ‘Dismantle Racism’ in Mathematics

Oregon Department of Education Promotes Program to ‘Dismantle Racism’ in Mathematics

“focusing on finding the right answer is a symbol of white supremacy”

Math is racist now, apparently. Are you beginning to see the scope of how far the left is going to embed this ideology in everything?

Ashe Schow reports at the Daily Wire:

Oregon Promotes Program Focused On ‘Dismantling Racism In Mathematics,’ Says Finding The Right Answer A Sign Of White Supremacy

The Oregon Department of Education is promoting a program for teachers that seeks to “disman[tle] racism in mathematics,” alleging that focusing on finding the right answer is a symbol of white supremacy.

Fox News reported that the ODE sent out a newsletter last week that mentions a “Pathway to Math Equity Micro-Course” that will occur on February 21. The course, according to Fox, is designed for middle school teachers to make use of a toolkit for ‘dismantling racism in mathematics.’”

The newsletter encourages teachers to sign up for the training, which the New York Post previously reported includes a section with 14 things associated with “White Supremacy Culture,” including perfectionism, objectivity, and individualism.

Objectivity is described the workbook accompanying the training as “the belief that there is such a thing as being objective or ‘neutral.’” The program’s toolkit also encourages teachers not to focus on a single correct answer, but to “come up with at least two answers that might solve this problem” and to “Challenge standardized test questions by getting the ‘right’ answer, but justify other answers by unpacking the assumptions that are made in the problem.”

The toolkit also asks instructors to “center ethnomathematics” in multiple ways, one of which is to “identify and challenge the ways that math is used to uphold capitalist, imperialist, and racist views.”


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Just because a thing improves lives doesn’t mean it isn’t racist. The idea that results matter is also racist. Stop it! Just shut up and do believe what your betters tell you to!

I earned an engineering degree back in the ’70s. One of my math professors insisted that we get the right answers, not just get the concept right. That is, yes, I could do a Laplace transform on an equation correctly, but if I didn’t get the following algebraic and arithmetic manipulations correct, I received no credit.

Harsh, it was — but when we asked him why we got no partial credit for what we got right, he told us the story of a radio mast in Georgia that collapsed because some engineers made an elementary arithmetic error that no one caught. People died.

Now I don’t think math professors should adopt this wholesale because engineers in the field aren’t operating under exam conditions and team-check and computer-check their work now. But still, in engineering, the right answer matters.

In finance and banking, the right answer matters. In government, the right answer should matter (although often it doesn’t). In air traffic control and avionics, public health, trade and commerce, the right answer matters. The right answers got astronauts to the moon and the crew of Apollo 13 safely back. The right answers got you that smartphone you use to look at funny cat pictures and to argue with people you’ve never met.

Raise your hand if you’d like to be treated by a nurse who cannot calculate a medication dose. Raise your hand if it’s okay with you that the payroll department of your employer isn’t concerned with the right answer.

No takers? Imagine that.

The party of science … sigh.

This is what happens when you let social studies people influence STEM teaching. In social studies (used to be “social sciences” until they abandoned scientific thought), everyone has a different “right” answer. In science, if two people measure different speeds of light in a vacuum, then at least one of them is wrong.

This reminds me of the old pressure to teach “Ebonics.” If minority students don’t do well in English, then tell them that their poor language is OK. Whether it’s English or Math, failing to teach students to speak correctly and get the right answers will confine them to lower-class jobs and dependence on the government for handouts.

Maybe that’s what the leftists actually want. If they can teach students poor language and math skills, those students will never break free of dependence on the government. They form a group of lower-class voters who will always support the socialists.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to OldProf2. | February 14, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    It also leads to segregation, just by other means of the old ways. This, after all, is Democrats were dealing with here.

The Friendly Grizzly | February 14, 2021 at 12:33 pm

The right answer is racist.
Clean streets: racist.
The ability of others to walk safely on a sidewalk at night: racist.

So 2 + 2 is 4 has been replaced by 2 + 2 be 4?

This isn’t new.

“(1+…N)^2 = 1^3+…+N^3” is racist?