Wednesday, February 09, 2005

'Anti-Racist' Message in Mass. Math Class

This is some ridiculous article that I stumbled over this morning. Apparently a public high school system in Newton, MA is using math class to teach other things besides your usual mathematic concepts. Rather anti-racist, political correctness has been indoctrinated into their curriculum. If this isn't about the most absurd thing. The top priority in the class is, not to teach the students math, but rather to teach the "students to 'live out the system-wide core value of 'respect for human differences' by demonstrating anti-racist/anti-bias behaviors" How ridiculous. Of course there is a place for teaching cultural awareness, but not in the poor children's math class. A parent complained that, "my children do not know Christopher Columbus, except that he was a racist who caused the death of many innocents or the founders of the nation. They have hardly heard of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln even though we live in the area that began it all. What they do know about is the wonders of Ghana, Mexico and China." Go ahead and read the article to have all the fun I had this morning.


Fernbuckle McDragbottom said...

I agree with you totally. This new program obviously has good intentions but it does affect the students ability to learn math skills. I do think that schools should create programs that do teach cultural values. I know a lot of people (Especially at Sewanee) would have benefited from such a program. I belive racism has no place in America. If you don't like the fact that people of other color, religion or creed live here then you don't really deserve to live in our great country. People re allowed to believe whatever they want as Americans and even voice their opinions, but I do think racism is a problem that should be dealt with.