OR DoE: Eliminate white supremacist math — objectivity, correct answers and all that


The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) suggested teachers register for training that encourages “ethnomathematics.” Schools teach white supremacist math and it focuses too much on getting the right answer.

If you don’t try to get the right answer in mathematics, why bother?


An ODE newsletter sent last week advertises a Feb. 21 “Pathway to Math Equity Micro-Course,” which is designed for middle school teachers to make use of a toolkit for “dismantling racism in mathematics.”

The toolkit includes a list of ways “white supremacy culture” allegedly “infiltrates math classrooms.” Those include “the focus is on getting the ‘right’ answer,” students being “required to ‘show their work,'” and other alleged manifestations.

“The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so,” the document for the “Equitable Math” toolkit reads. “Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuate objectivity as well as fear of open conflict.”

An ODE staffer told Fox News that it “helps educators learn key tools for engagement, develop strategies to improve equitable outcomes for Black, Latinx, and multilingual students, and join communities of practice.”

By teaching them wrong answers are okay? Do they think minorities are too stupid to learn the correct answers? It would seem so.

An associated “Dismantling Racism” workbook, linked within the toolkit, similarly identifies “objectivity” — described as “the belief that there is such a thing as being objective or ‘neutral'” — as a characteristic of White supremacy.

Instead of focusing on one right answer, the toolkit encourages teachers to “come up with at least two answers that might solve this problem.”

It adds: “Challenge standardized test questions by getting the ‘right’ answer, but justify other answers by unpacking the assumptions that are made in the problem.”

It also encourages teachers to “center ethnomathematics,” which includes a variety of guidelines. One of them instructs educators to “identify and challenge the ways that math is used to uphold capitalist, imperialist, and racist views.”

It’s more of the hate whitey critical race theory destroying training of teachers, children, and government workers throughout the nation.

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1 year ago

Keeping black children uneducated is a founding tenet of the KKK. Heck, the democrat party already forces urban children to attend failed schools, permanently impairing them. So this is just a continuation of a decades long policy strategy for democrats. In a caring way, of course. Deeply caring!

Joe Fuccup Biden
Joe Fuccup Biden
1 year ago

Democrats are calling for separate but equal educations in math.

1 year ago

Remember when females were not able to ‘do math’?

1 year ago

I do not want to hear a single complaint from the Sec of /Dir of the OR DoE when their paycheck is short thousands. Math is racist, so they will need to shut up.

1 year ago
Reply to  Obsrvntcynic

My thoughts exactly! I once had a guy at work enter his production VERY incorrectly! Rather than 10,280 he entered 1280. It caused major issues since our shipping department thought they only had 1280 and that’s all they shipped to our customer. When I discussed it with him he did the usual shuck and jive, “Man, it was just a little zero I left out”. I said, “ok, next paycheck I’ll just leave out one of YOUR zeroes”! He then said “oh yeah, I guess it does make a difference”!

The Searchers
The Searchers
1 year ago

US ninth in reading proficiency and 31st in math proficiency in a recent exam administered to high school students comparing educational proficiency among different countries.
That likely didn’t even include students who have dropped out of school.
US isn’t teaching math the same as other countries, high schools concentrating on formulas while other countries put more emphasis on concepts.
That places US students in a bad situation and probably the overall functioning of science and technology even worse.
Perhaps that’s why big tech is doing everything they can to admit H1B visa holders for technical and science skills.
I’m fearful any progress the US is making in math education will be eradicated by massive social structuring or social justice restructuring of the educational system, when we’re already falling far behind other countries in education.
We may reach a point where people can’t even add or subtract, since everyone has a telephone with a calculator.
There is a crisis in education, and probably is worsening.
With the pandemic, things will likely be even worse.