What kind of hatred must someone have in their heart in order to promulgate something so stupid? Jamaican and Kenyan math teachers are shaking their heads at us, and the Chinese and Russians are yucking it up at our expense:
An Oregon Department of Education newsletter from February promoted an online course designed to “dismantle” instances of “white supremacy culture in the mathematics classroom.” One example of “white supremacy” highlighted by the course was “the concept of mathematics being purely objective,” an idea which the resource stated is “is unequivocally false."
That statement is unequivocally false. Math can be put to different uses, but the math itself is objective as a hammer or a pencil.
“White supremacy culture infiltrates math classrooms in everyday teacher actions,” the guide states. “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"...
Examples of “white supremacy culture” cited by the document include a focus on "getting the ‘right’ answer" and requiring students to show their work.
As normal people see this for the tripe that it is, and will ensure their own children are not harmed by it, programs like this will only exacerbate the educational gaps between different (racial) groups. This does the most harm to those it supposedly claims to help. One wonders if that isn't the true goal, to ensure there are always grievances and an army to fight with.