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“Woke” Math Defeated in California… For Now

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Finally, some good news.

After months of debate, the California Board of Education recently announced that it would not implement proposed new “woke” math standards—for now. But just what was this new proposed math going to teach students? Among other things, teachers were to be advised that telling students that they are incorrect is a form of “white supremacy,” that math should be a tool for “social justice,” and that the very idea that math equations have a right and wrong answer is “unequivocally false.”

But it didn’t stop there. The introduction to the proposed math framework also had something to say about the environment.  It called on teachers to “be mindful of other considerations that are a high priority for California’s education system including the Environmental Principles and Concepts which allow students to examine issues of environmental and social justice.” In other words, California teachers should use math class teach kids why the Green New Deal is a good idea.

Most troubling of all, however, was the inclusion of the Marxist concept of “equity” in the math framework. “A fundamental aim of this framework is to respond [to] issues of inequity in mathematics learning; equity influences all aspects of this document.” Not some, not most, but all of the math framework. The education bureaucrats who drafted the framework clearly intended that every aspect of a child’s math education would be aimed toward brainwashing students with Marxist ideology.

The framework went so far as to urge that teaching mathematics be used “to counter the cultural forces that have led to and continue to perpetuate current inequities.” “Students’ cultural backgrounds, experiences, and language are resources for learning mathematics,” it says. What evidence does it provide? None. It simply asserts that things that have nothing to do with math are helpful resources for learning math.

The framework also declares that “schooling practices that lead to such race and gender-based disparities can lead to legal liabilities for districts and schools.” What does this mean? In practice, such a standard of disparate impact means that if various racial groups and boys and girls aren’t equally proficient in math, then this is an injustice for which schools could be – and perhaps should be – legally punished. It takes no accounting for whether a certain subject appeals more to boys and girls, or whether families with certain cultural backgrounds emphasize the importance of education more than others, nor does it consider any number of other non-race related factors that contribute to disparate student performance. All performance differences are levelled in the name of an abstract ideology of “equity” that has no relation to the real world. 

The outcome of this radical ideology is predictable: it would give educational bureaucrats immense power. In the name of “equity”, it would remove advanced math instruction for the most talented students. Indeed, the framework states, “All students deserve powerful mathematics.” What are “powerful” mathematics? The next statement perhaps clarifies: “we reject ideas of natural gifts and talents. The belief that ‘I treat everyone the same’ is insufficient.” Thus, those students who excel in math class – whether by hard work or natural predisposition to math — will be refused higher level math instruction, all in the name of equity.

The framework is in fact entirely constructed around the idea that there are no differences between people’s ability, desire, or effort to learn math. This contradicts numerous studies about student aptitude, as well as common sense. Some people are better at certain things than others, in every area of life—including mathematics. But for most leftists, the idea of individuality and personal achievement is now simply unpalatable.

The few reasonable education experts left have piled on in opposition to California’s proposed framework. Dr. Williamson M. Evers, a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, warned in an open letter that “California is on the verge of politicizing K-12 math in a potentially disastrous way. This postponement means the State Board of Education has heard the message loud and clear. STEM leaders don’t want California students left behind by introducing politics into the math curriculum.”

The letter also pointed out that the framework explicitly rejects the idea that mathematics is a “neutral” discipline and said that its encouragement for teachers to take a “justice-oriented perspective at any grade level, K-12,” would “de-mathemize math.” Further, Evers argues that the framework focuses on “contributions that historically marginalized people have made to mathematics,” which has nothing to do with teaching math and would be more appropriate in a history class, and abandons longstanding standards that have made America competitive with other foreign nations in mathematics.

In short, the framework is a complete and total disaster, which has been avoided for now. But if the current proliferation of Marxist concepts like “equity” and “Critical Race Theory” in history and social studies classes is any indication, this won’t be the last you hear of the leftist assault on math class.  

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teacherinca
1 month ago

great to hear
now I need help getting the alarmism and activism out of my science class

xzimppledink
1 month ago

“there are no differences between people’s ability”. have you watched the NBA?

Mario Capparuccini
1 month ago

Woke ideology and its parent, Marxism, are from the pit of hell. C. S. Lewis, in his book “The Screwtape Letters”, pointed out in the 1940’s the logical outcomes of promoting the goal of “equity” in public education. Screwtape, the senior devil, urged the satanic hosts to lead western education in this disastrous direction. Marxists will never be satisfied until they have destroyed everything that is good. They must be resisted at all costs. We should allow parents access to public tax resources so they could remove their children from failed woke public schools.

It’s time to call them what they are.
1 month ago

I am an AMAC MEMBER. Woke, cancel culture, and ESPECIALLY Black Lives Matter is all a bunch of lying prejudice lying Marxist socialist liberals. It’s time to call them what they are.

Judy
1 month ago

Agree

Tim D.
1 month ago

2 plus 2 will ALWAYS equal 4 no matter how anyone feels about it or how they arrived at the answer. Math isn’t always about a right or wrong answer, but the process it takes to get there. We need to understand critical thinking and use it, not undermine learning because someone else is better at something than another. America, think for yourselves and see the world around you expand and grow.

Gerald Schalk
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim D.

Teach the next generation HOW to think, not WHAT to think.

aluminum head
1 month ago

Social “justice” ;
Stay away from dope – get a good FORMAL edu. – don’t get damn tattoos – work hard – always be aware of your surroundings. You now have a PHD in logic.

FedUp
1 month ago

If woke math can be used to promote equity, then please explain why Nancy Pelosi’s multi-million $ net worth is equitable to all her constituents. She obviously took advantage of racist math knowledge to unfairly accumulate all that money! Using woke logic, her inequitable net worth screams racism and her entire estate should be redistributed. Its time for the woke mob to get on a bus and go picket her estate/winery, that is assuming of course, that they can figure out how many of those shiny things in their pocket adds up the correct bus fare.

Tim D.
1 month ago
Reply to  FedUp

That sums it up for me right there!

Dave Smith
1 month ago

It’s time to start killing commies again. You folks trying to have conversations with these people are trying to pet rabid dogs without being bitten. You’re lying to yourselves if you believe you can talk sensibly to these people. It should never have come to this and it’s a sad state of affairs for this to happen in a nation as great as this, but the time to talk is over.

Centurion
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Smith

We’re locked and loaded.

Sherry
1 month ago
Reply to  Centurion

I do think many people are just waiting for it to start!!! They also are locked & loaded. can’t believe or trust these COMMIES. They chose there path. They are the start of destruction, they have to be stoped before they destroy our wonderfull free Country.

Barbara
1 month ago

Reply to Becky and others about California. Yes, we have more than our fair share of idiots who live here, as you have in every state today, unfortunately. But there are still decent, God fearing Christians who stand up for right and teach our children to also be good people. If we all moved out, who would be left here to pray for our state and government, and to fight against such things as this? Many of you seem to have forgotten that God is in control, not Marxists. I will obey Him in everything and trust Him. I’m 77 years old and it’s worked for me all my life. And, much as I would love to run away, I’ll stay here in California and be the salt and light the Lord has called me to be.

Centurion
1 month ago
Reply to  Barbara

As a member of the Knights of Columbus I, too, fear God. But I still can’t afford CA’s sky high taxes and regulations and unconstitutional bans of nearly everything. I’m looking to move out of the state. I can still serve God while living in another state.

Barbara
1 month ago
Reply to  Centurion

For Centurian: You are right, you can serve the Lord anywhere. And I don’t begrudge you for moving out because it is expensive to live here. My comments were meant to let people know that everyone that lives in California is not an idiot. Blessings on your life, wherever it ends up.

Dave
1 month ago

Gotta keep your “useful idiots” stupid if they are going to remain useful, I guess.

Phillip
1 month ago

If Marxists hate individuality so much then perhaps one day we’ll be rid of the likes of Lebron James and Colin Kaepernick since they’re sports “stars.”

Thomas F Hurd
1 month ago

How can it be white supremacy if it was a black teacher telling a white student they were wrong? This whole woke theory is total bullshit.

Elysummers
1 month ago

Ephesians 6:17 (ESV) reminds us to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Becky
1 month ago

Math is solid, and REAL. One inch is one inch, and nothing else. Equations MEAN something. Math DEFINES the real world, whether insane Commies like it or not.
Time to get your kids away from these LUNATICS!
Parents… find a person in your community to home school kids. Get them out of public indoctrination centers.

David Brown
1 month ago

You all see what these evil Marxists are doing to our(YOUR) kids? While we laugh at it, shrug it off, ignore it, or just whine about it, these nefarious scumbags are busy-busily working as fast as they can, focused on flipping everything we love about this Country upside-down! We are witnessing a “transition” period that if not stopped soon will render this land of ours into just another $hithole 3rd world land of NO opportunity(think Cuba, Venezuela). Today’s young kids will not even know what was lost. I want these low-lifes to burn in hell.

Becky
1 month ago
Reply to  David Brown

Cali should just be split off and shipped to china…..

Sharon
1 month ago
Reply to  Becky

You are an idiot. It said California REJECTED it.

Roger O
1 month ago
Reply to  Sharon

yes, for now it said !

Jmaj
1 month ago
Reply to  Sharon

Name calling. That’s real helpful!
And here I was thinking this was civil discussion. Idiotic old me.

WindRunner80HD
1 month ago
Reply to  David Brown

For sure the so called democrat party has been planning this for years they stole our election had everything ready to go as soon as obiden was officially their president right out of the gates starting with all those executive orders he signed all these dangerous extremely expensive evil marxist policies he turned loose onto unsuspecting Americans biden is a racist he hates America plain and simple thats why they were ready the faster he implements his corrupt agenda the harder it will be to stop it.

Sherry
1 month ago
Reply to  David Brown

David I agree with you, They need to burn in hell. So many of us don’t know what to do or how to do it. I am a single 64 year old woman. I cry often because of what is happening. I pray for our God to step in and stop the COMMIES. I still have hope for 2022 for us to take it. We all have to be strong, and resist there CRAP. I am doing my best.

P2burner
1 month ago

Who else thinks it Is HILARIOUS that the people that claim to embrace SCIENCE reject MATH as racist? Just because it might be difficult doesn’t mean it is against you fundamentally…WORK HARDER!

Phillip
1 month ago
Reply to  P2burner

Get a wrong answer while designing a bridge and it won’t matter what your skin color is as your car plunges to the bottom of the ravine.

Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  P2burner

You are so right. I sucked at math cause I was too busy goofing off. Had to retake all my math classes in college. Nobody to blame but myself. Hey wait, wasn’t my “white privilege” supposed to help? Oh well, they are all nuts!

BAE
1 month ago

WOKE math. OMG what will the woke democrats destroy next???

Hal
1 month ago

“WOKE” associated with anything is about as sure a way of reaching a conclusion that there is something woefully wrong with it !!!!!

Steven
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

“Wokefully Wrong!

Dee Drill
1 month ago

Is woke math the same as common core was, or different?

Mandy
1 month ago

Whoever is pushing this type of math wants to ensure we won’t have any scientists nor researchers for the future. Glad to read that the parents in even the liberal California found this to be too much to stomach.

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