[Mark Tapson] 2+2= White privilege: Left attacks math as hidden racism

[Mark Tapson] 2+2 = White privilege: Left attacks math as hidden racism

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[Front Page] In the end, the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy. – George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

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It’s no secret that leftist educators have utterly ruined the fields of the humanities with their Marxist wokeness, postmodern deconstructionism, and openly anti-Western bias. Now The College Fix reports that educators are increasingly imposing a social justice agenda in at least one field that you might expect would be free from any sort of ideological perspective: mathematics.

Math is often referred to as a universal language because its principles are universally true. Theorems and formulas are equally valid in America and China and Zimbabwe, and equally apolitical. Nothing seems more politically incorruptible than a math equation. What policy is there to debate in 2+2 = 4? How can one take sides over the fact that the area of a rectangle equals its length multiplied by its width? But for the social justice Left, politics is, or should be, as omnipresent as God. No corner of the universe may remain unilluminated in their quest to overturn the flawed existing order, free the oppressed, and rebuild the world according to their utopian vision. There can be no topic of discussion or field of endeavor in which politics is absent or in which neutrality and objective truth reign.

Mathematics is no exception. Having successfully reduced other pursuits of knowledge from the search for the true, the good, and the beautiful to the subversion of the true, the good, and the beautiful, the relentless Left is now taking aim at the methodological bias supposedly inherent in our Eurocentric (read: racist and colonialist) understanding of math. The goal is “math equity,” because there is no more unforgivable iniquity for the Left than, well, inequity.

On one level, discussions of math equity among educators often center on the admirable aim of ensuring that all students have equal opportunities to succeed at math. This obviously involves questions of pedagogy and issues like classroom size. But as the website for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) states, “Equity-based mathematics teaching requires more than implementing new curriculum or using specific practices because it involves taking a stand for what is right.” In other words, it involves an injection of Progressive activism in issues of race, gender, and class (in the Marxist sense), because for the Left it is critical that all education be reduced to indoctrination along these lines.

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