Monday, May 17th, 2021

California Education Department: Math is Racist

The California education department is considering implementing a statewide math framework that says working to figure out a correct answer in math is an example of racism and white supremacy in the classroom.

The framework is called “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction: Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction.” It provides “exercises for educators to reflect on their own biases to transform their instructional practice.”

The website for the “Equitable Math” framework states its training manual was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the primary private source of funding for the Common Core State Standards.

“White supremacy culture infiltrates math classrooms in everyday teacher actions,” the framework says. “Coupled with the beliefs that underlie these actions, they perpetuate educational harm on Black, Latinx, and multilingual students, denying them full access to the world of mathematics.”

The proposed California framework gives the following examples of “white supremacy culture” in math courses in schools:

  • The focus is on getting the “right” answer.

  • Independent practice is valued over teamwork or collaboration.

  • “Real-world math” is valued over math in the real world.

  • Students are tracked (into courses/pathways and within the classroom).

  • Participation structures reinforce dominant ways of being.

It also states that the way teachers grade students’ learning in math is based on white supremacy because:

  • Students are required to “show their work.”

  • Grading practices are focused on lack of knowledge.

  • Language acquisition is equated with mathematical proficiency.

The framework also says that:

These common practices that perpetuate white supremacy culture create and sustain institutional and systemic barriers to equity for Black, Latinx, and Multilingual students. In order to dismantle these barriers, we must identify what it means to be an antiracist math educator.

In order to embody antiracist math education, teachers must engage in critical praxis that interrogates the ways in which they perpetuate white supremacy culture in their own classrooms, and develop a plan toward antiracist math education to address issues of equity for Black, Latinx, and multilingual students.

The section that criticizes “getting the ‘right’ answer” in math says:

The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so. Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuate objectivity [sic] as well as fear of open conflict [sic].

Some education experts are very concerned about this “Equitable Math” framework.

According to Fox News, Lori Meyers, co-founder of Educators for Quality and Equality, said her organization sent a letter to California education officials, saying they are “deeply concerned about the draft 2021 CA Mathematics Framework, which contains discriminatory and divisive content that will impede us from accomplishing” success in math education.

12 Responses

  1. This kind of thinking is truly pathetic and a disservice to all students regardless of their race or ethnicity.

  2. This is without a doubt one of the dumbest Ideas I have ever had the Misfortune of coming across! The Mental Midgets Who Fall for and Believe this Crap should be Removed from Normal Society and placed into an Asylum where They cannot Harm Themselves or Others!

  3. Good luck balancing your checkbook or paying your taxes. This is the same idiotic group of woke individuals that claim science is factual yet one plus one doesn’t necessarily equal two. Ludicrous in nature. The assumption that somehow the color of your skin changes a mathematical equation is the epitome of ignorance. When will people of color get fed up with the pandering from the left? When will they decide they simply don’t need the world to make special accommodations for someone based on race alone? Racial harmony can only come from honest discourse not from divisional politics. Another example of shaming an entire race based on some intellectual nonsense. I very seriously doubt any people of the black race are claiming that mathematics is racist. Another bundle of ridiculous nonsense coming from guilt ridden white people who have no clear understanding of what racism truly is. Inevitably this type of illogical logic will fall on its face as fact is fact and abstract thought only applies in a theoretical concept. In other words reverse racism is racist.

  4. So basically Cali Dems are saying minorities are too stupid to know math. Is it also racist for a doctor to diagnose ailments correctly? Or an airline mechanic to replace the right broken part before 300 people board the flight?

    If you want to question or study race equity, then you should question why minority groups continuously fall for racist Dem candidates!

  5. Had to fix stupidity. Sounds like a racial statement saying non-whites are not smart enough.

  6. This is undoubtedly the biggest load of horse manure I have EVER read. If I were black I would be highly insulted. This sounds so much like racist comments made by the current inhabitant of the White House.

  7. If math is racist, then I guess I am black. I suck at math. Math does not care if a student learns it or not. Math does not care what color a person’s skin is. How then is math racist? This bull s**t came from a Harvard professor who just did not want to teach math to black students. It was the professor who was racist, not the subject. Just because that person is racist and lazy, he said that the subject was racist to get out of teaching it. I acknowledge that math is required for advanced chemistry, architecture, mining, engineering and a lot of other subjects. By not teaching math due to racism, these people are excluding people of color from these lucrative fields. Do you want a car designed by someone who cannot figure the load it will carry? Do you want to drive that car over a bridge that is going to collapse because the designer did not know math? I don’t think so… Just the thought of that gives me the willies!

  8. Such utter nonsense. If you don’t like the truth, just make up your own! I’d like to see someone get to Mars by focusing on the wrong answer! Quit trying to make excuses for people!

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