A school district in Seattle has apparently decided to add ethnic studies to K-12 math classes.
The stated goal of the new decision, according to EDWeek, is to “rehumanize” the contributions of other cultures to math and point out how it has been “appropriated” by Western civilizations.
The official outline for the plan lays out goals of topics meth teachers should weave into their lessons. One example of their plan requires studies “in the ancient histories of people and empires of color.” Another focuses on how math and science were used to oppress people of color.
One of the most controversial of their lesson plans tells students to focus on how math can be used to promote resistance and liberation, two words frequently used by the radical Left to promote anti-capitalism or anti-Americanism.
While the new plan only affects a single school district in Seattle, schools all across the city are searching for new ways to implement similar ethnic studies into lessons.
Robert Q. Berry III, the president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, said:
“Seattle is definitely on the forefront with this. What they’re doing follows the line of work we hope we can move forward as we think about the history of math and who contributes to that, and also about deepening students’ connection with identity and agency.”
However, not everybody agrees that adding ethnic studies to math courses is a good idea.
Seattle talk-radio host Dori Monson asked on his blog, “Did you realize when you subtracted one number from another that you were disenfranchising people by using Western math?”
Liz Wheeler, a host on One America News, tweeted that Seattle “is now teaching kids as young as Kindergarten that math is racist.”