The Seattle Public School system seems to feel that math is racist and the course needs to have “ethnic studies” added because math is a tool of “racial oppression.”
The school system has empowered a committee to review the district’s math curriculum with an eye toward taking the “racism” out of math.
The committee is suggesting a new “framework” that tries to eliminate the idea that western math is the “only legitimate expression” of math.
According to Daily Caller: The framework is broken into four different themes: “Origins, Identity, and Agency,” “Power and Oppression,” “History of Resistance and Liberation,” and “Reflection and Action.”
The committee claims that math is “subjective” and “racist” and denies the concept that a math answer could be “right.” One part of the committee’s report asks “how is math manipulated to allow inequality and oppression to persist?”
As KTTH reported, “ESAC is made up of a number of educators and was created due to a legislature mandate to ‘advise, assist, and make recommendations to the office of the superintendent of public instruction regarding the identification of ethnic studies materials.'”
The committee also exclaimed that math is “used to disenfranchise people and communities of color.”
The committee says that they hope to be able to guide students to “construct & decode mathematical knowledge, truth, and beauty” so they can become contributors to the community.
The committee also claimed that Western cultures have “appropriated ancient mathematical knowledge” to keep minorities down.
The school district has given the committee a deadline of September 1, 2020 to complete their recommendations.
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