Don’t Know Much About Algebra


For those of you who don’t know the Sam Cooke song Wonderful World (the first line of that song is “Don’t know much about history …”), this is a line from the second stanza. I think it makes a good headline for a post about teachers who don’t understand math.

Fox reports that the Oregon Department of Educations is seeking to undo white supremacy in mathematics education. The minicourse being offered to teachers

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.”

I wonder how many of the education bureaucrats who are promoting the course would object to the calculations on their paychecks being done on the basis of 2 + 2 = 3.

5 thoughts on “Don’t Know Much About Algebra

  1. I’m sure a lot of the readers here are much too sophisticated to still believe these extreme-leftist activists operate in good faith.

    But if any of you do know someone naive enough to still believe that, you can show them how cultish leftists are successfully derailing childrens’ education. The extreme-leftists hijack anything they get their hands on to try to indoctrinate more people into their cult.

    Many previously naive people will admit this cult-indoctrination curriculum is bad, but then retreat to arguing that it’s only happening in a few places. Don’t despair – this is a common belief, due to the extensive shameless lies the leftists spread to deflect attention from how much damage they’re doing in the name of their sick cult. Once you get someone to understand the cult is causing damage, you can move forward to a new, more productive discussion of exactly HOW bad it is, and how hard we need to fight to counter it.

    • Leftists DO see what’s disturbing about that. And they’re HAPPY about it. They’ve been working slavishly toward this for decades.

  2. I always loved “showing my work” on a longer problem because I might have a chance to get some credit if I made the right step but simply made some arithmetic error along the way. We are now seeing “Educators Against Education” unveiling their plans for the next generation.

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