Woke math aims to teach kids that ‘Western’ math is racist

By Jarrett Stepman | The Daily Signal

The culture war is coming for you, whether you like it or not.

It’s no secret that American history is under attack. The ethos of leftist historian Howard Zinn has made inroads into classrooms across the country, as I explain in my book “The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America’s Past.”

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While this sort of curriculum will leave students with little actual knowledge or understanding of how to do math, it certainly serves a purpose: to radicalize young people with tales of oppression and groom them to be future social justice warriors themselves.

But, lest you think you can escape the social justice dogmatism infecting the liberal arts, a story out of Seattle shows how social justice warriors will leave no stone unturned in their effort to fundamentally transform America.

Seattle Public Schools recently proposed adding ethnic studies into K-12 math curriculum.

That’s right — we’ve gone straight past “new math” and right to “woke math.”

The framework for this new curriculum exposes just how absurd woke math will be.

Among other things, it states that “Western” mathematics as “the only legitimate expression of mathematical identity and intelligence,” whatever that means, has been used to “disenfranchise people and communities of color.”

Robby Soave at Reason pointed out how empty and hollow the guidelines are:

It’s chock full of social justice jargon that sounds smart but is actually vapid. What does it mean to decode mathematical ‘beauty’ or ‘identify how the development of mathematics has been erased from learning in school?’ (Has it been erased? That seems like a problem for history class.)

The guidance says it will ‘re-humanize mathematics through experiential learning’ and facilitate learning ‘independently and interdependently.’ That’s a fancy way of saying almost nothing at all.

Of course, while this sort of curriculum will leave students with little actual knowledge or understanding of how to do math, it certainly serves a purpose: to radicalize young people with tales of oppression and groom them to be future social justice warriors themselves.

Among the many other lessons that the guidelines suggest are to “explain how math dictates economic oppression,” “identify economic movements that have led to liberation,” and ask the question, “How can we change mathematics from individualistic to collectivist thinking?”

Notice a pattern?

The message is that empowerment comes not from cultivating useful knowledge and abilities, but through social protest and community organizing.

Woke math is simply the latest and perhaps silliest expression of a larger agenda to turn young Americans against their country and fellow citizens, to fill them with grievance, and convince them that their key to a perfect future is through socialism.

Of course, it may be a challenge to build a green socialist utopia of high-speed rail without basic math or engineering skills, but those are mere details.

Regardless of the problems with woke math, the situation in Seattle shows why policies like school choice are so important. Parents need tools to pressure their local public schools if they are failing, or worse, trying to indoctrinate their children with ideas they oppose.

Undeniably, many of America’s institutions, starting with higher education but now trickling down through K-12, are being used to un-assimilate Americans, to boil down every issue in life to cleavages in ethnic identity rather than differences of opinion in a complex world.

It’s a sign of our times that even math is getting swept up in the larger cultural moment, but it’s also a warning: There is no escape, even behind the hard realities of numbers and science.

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5 thoughts on “Woke math aims to teach kids that ‘Western’ math is racist

  1. Just another daily horror from the left-globalist cult. This is way past 1984–when was, 35 years ago?
    No, that can’t be right. How do we do this–it’s 2019. 9+1+2=12, 1+2=3. 2019=2+0=20, 1+9=10.
    Carry the bum, and pass the ammunition!

  2. This is all apart of the huge behind the scene plan of Agenda 21. Remove history, history statutes, indoctrinate the young minds when they don’t know how to question and keep such indoctrinating from the parents. A true Nazi concept for America. This is the direction for the future, new world order as GWBush noted.

    Simply observing over time, one can see the players and resultants. Soros manipulations.

  3. Neil, you beat me to. The first thought that came to mind after reading this drival was “2+2=4”. The more some folks try to change things, the more they stay the same. If this insane approach to teaching math gets any traction, the math scores through out the country will continue to decline. No matter how well meaning this idea is beyond.

  4. 2+2= 4

    The reason you have to spend so much on indoctrination, propaganda and censorship is the truth cuts through it all with ease and simplicity. You can’t hide the truth. When you search for the truth with an open mind and heart you may be shocked to where it leads you.

    The truth, the word, is a mighty sword that is far more powerful than any country or nuclear bomb for that matter. It is why the truth is banned in so many dictatorial countries and infiltrated, maligned and misinterpreted in those countries others wish to subvert.

    Our state could use a new spirit, of Love, Joy and Peace. Merry Christmas.

  5. Here we go again another ” Race Bait ” from the Left, now it’s Math stating it has been
    used to “disenfranchise people and communities of color.”…….. Give me a break !!

    Most of the communities of color within ” Big Cities ” and run by liberals from top to
    bottom. The schools are a learning disaster, and it’s not because of ” Skin Color ”
    it’s inept teaching professionals, supervisors, and political hacks.

    Give these kids a chance, let then have school choice, those that want to learn will
    those that don’t…… well, we see what happens to them

    Liberals in charge, everything they touch they ruin !!

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