There’s a new reason for skipping math. According to the Seattle Public Schools Schools Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee (ESAC) math is racist,
According to the Seattle Public Schools Schools Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee (ESAC) math is racist, and they’ve empowered a committee to review the district’s math curriculum with an eye toward taking the “racism” out of math, and the committee is suggesting a new “framework” that tries to eliminate the idea that western math is the “only legitimate expression” of math.
But math isn’t all western. Algebra was created by the Arabs. The very name algebra comes from the title of a book by Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizm in the ninth century. Al-Khwarizm lived in Bagdad, which makes me wonder when he was writing about algebra was he riding his camel all around the city trying to find X?
The new Seattle Schools framework is broken into four different themes: “Origins, Identity, and Agency,” “Power and Oppression,” “History of Resistance and Liberation,” and “Reflection and Action.
Where do they fit in math knowledge like 2 x 2= 4?
According to KTTH in Seattle:
The framework believes math is manipulated to allow inequality and oppression to persist. They ask, “Who is doing the oppressing?” I think the answer is supposed to be the white, cis-gendered, heterosexual Christian man.
They ask, “How has math been used to resist and liberate people and communities of color from oppression?”
Ironically, if you subscribe to this social justice world view of math, and teach anyone that there’s no such thing as correct answers, you will be doing immeasurable and, yes, oppressive, harm to students.
TV Channel King 5 adds:
“The goal is to disrupt the status quo and do something different,” said Tracy Castro-Gill, the ethnic studies program manager at Seattle Public Schools.
Castro-Gill says their research shows a disparity in the district between white students and students of color. Graduation rates and tests scores are lower among students of color compared to their white counterparts.
“The data is clear. We were not serving our district students of color,” she said.
So the committee says math is a racist study used to oppress students — if you correct a student’s faulty math logic, you’re racist. (…)
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