The Oregon Department of Education is currently promoting and encouraging teachers to register for a class that says modern math course instruction has “toxic characteristics of white supremacy culture.”
Folks, the radical left in this country has lost their marbles. I think you all probably already knew that, but for those of you who didn’t, well, things are getting nutty out here. Very, very nutty.
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A newsletter sent by the government body last week included the mention of a course titled “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction: Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction,” which teachers may partake in on Feb. 21. The program seeks to align educators with the “path to math equity” through exploring “ethnomathematics” with “culturally relevant, antiracist pedagogy, practices, and curriculum.”
“White supremacy culture infiltrates math classrooms in everyday teacher actions,” the course description stated. “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 course continued in a section on “white supremacy culture” in math classrooms, saying, “This reinforces the idea that there is only one right way to do math. The history of mathematics, its colonization, and what is deemed as ‘acceptable’ knowledge is rich and complex, therefore, the way that mathematics is taught in the United States needs to be interrogated because it currently centers Western, Eurocentric ways of processing and knowing information. When students are required to learn in this way, they either have to unlearn their learned native traditions to meet teacher expectations, or they are deprived of learning math in their ancestral history. For teachers, teaching the way they learned also reinforces the right to comfort for teachers because to conform is easier than to challenge themselves to teach math differently.”
The program encourages educators to “identify and challenge the ways that math is used to uphold capitalist, imperialist, and racist views,” and then adds that it’s “unequivocally false” to assume math is an “objective” discipline.
“The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so,” it stated. “Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuate objectivity as well as fear of open conflict.”
You can’t make this insanity up. It’s truly shocking that we are actually seeing this stuff happen for real in our culture. Our children are being brainwashed by public schools to believe this crap is true.
It’s time to strongly reconsider how we do public school, folks.
This course actually encourages teachers to reject individualism and embrace collectivism. Radicals aren’t even hiding this crap anymore.
“While there is some value in students being able to complete work independently, when this is the only or most common avenue for learning or practicing, it reinforces individualism and the notion that I’m the only one,” the document goes on to say. “This does not give value to collectivism and community understanding, and fosters conditions for competition and individual success, which perpetuates the idea that if a student is failing it is because they are not trying hard enough or that they don’t care.”
Oh, and of course, the document features some wording that clearly indicates these folks are no fans of capitalism.
“We cannot dismantle racism in a system that exploits people for private profit,” the document said. “If we want to dismantle racism, then we must build a movement for economic justice.”