An African American academic from Pennsylvania accused the local school district of promoting a “victim narrative” in classrooms.
York College rhetoric associate professor Erec Smith believes teaching children that “mathematics is racist” only encourages extreme left-wing discourse.
Smith warns the district’s so called ‘anti-racist maths’ fuels a dangerous belief that practically everything in the real world has racist connotations. He revealed this policy pushes discourse through victimizing subjects and framing social relations under the leftist dialectic of oppressor and the oppressed.
“What is going on is that everything has to cater to a victim narrative,” he said according to Fox News’s “Fox and Friends.” “When I say everything, I mean everything [even racism in maths.]”
The professor felt compelled to speak out because alleged prejudice against people belonging to another race could even find its way to the kitchen cupboard.
“They are going to racialize breakfast cereal soon [and] they want to touch on everything,” he said according to the broadcaster.
The remarks came after Smith discovered several schools began training educators to teach “anti-racist math” across Jefferson County, Colo.
Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction is responsible for promoting the initiative. A team of educators collaboratively developed a pedagogical toolkit from more than 25 left-leaning organizations.
These organizations claim to uphold a pathway to equitable math instruction. This is based on the premise that declares a “concept that mathematics is purely objective” is “unequivocally false.” They also claim focusing on the “right answer” to math equations is an example of white supremacy.
They published five guidelines for high school teachers to identify when students use “white supremacist practices” that allegedly causes student “underachievement.”
“White supremacy culture infiltrates math classrooms in everyday teacher actions,” the guidelines said. “Coupled with the beliefs that underlie these actions, they perpetuate educational harm on blacks, Latinos, and multilingual students, denying them full access to the world of mathematics.”
However, Smith believes pragmatism is a “lost concept among contemporary anti-racists.” The social justice movement is already permeating English and other areas of education.
“This is not just a math thing,” he said according to the broadcaster.
He found no conclusive evidence that anti-racist initiatives help African Americans. In fact, they paradoxically end up fostering real racism. He suspects the real motivation could be big business opportunities arising from implementing such theories and policies.
Leftist and disruptive methods of education have penetrated the education sector exponentially since protests spread across the nation, following the 2020 death-in-custody of George Floyd. Some educators want to impose similar ideologies on students through a new “equitable” curriculum.
Educators for Quality and Equality recently sent a letter to California education officials, expressing deep concern about the draft 2021 CA Mathematics Framework.
“[It] contains discriminatory and divisive content that will impede us from accomplishing these important goals in math instruction,” co-founder Lori Meyers said according to Fox News.
Political analyst Carol Swain stresses the curricula proposed by Black Lives Matter is adopted in “too many places” and “really destructive” to the black community, family, and racial justice movement.