Teaching Social Justice Through Secondary Math

I read this article in National Review this morning – Social-Justice Math Class: ‘Math Has Been Used as a Dehumanizing Tool’ and thought it was a troll.  But then I went to the source material.

Is there any doubt why the West is in decline – Social Justice Through Maths!

Granted this is from the US, but don’t be surprised if our well fed teaching academics go on a taxpayer funded trip to learn about this and bring it back.

This is terrible in so many ways, but the worst thing about this is not that children or parents are signing up.  This is a program for teacher to surreptitiously pump this material in their classrooms – Trojan Horse style.

About the course

Do you ask students to think deeply about global and local social justice issues within your mathematics classroom? This education and teacher training course will help you blend secondary math instruction with topics such as inequity, poverty, and privilege to transform students into global thinkers and mathematicians.

Many concepts found in secondary mathematics curricula can seem abstract to students, but setting the mathematics within a specifically-developed social justice framework can help students realize the power and meaning of both the data and social justice concerns. Throughout this course, we will consider and apply different aspects of this framework as you explore multiple math and social justice activities as well as craft your own.

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14 Responses to Teaching Social Justice Through Secondary Math

  1. struth

    This is already done here.
    It even permeates in our day care centres.
    That we can see it written about in the USA and it kept from us here is an indictment on how much shit we are in.
    It all starts in our schools.
    Privatise or die.

  2. Tim Neilson

    That’s all we need. STEM courses morphed into rallies for Che Guevara. Welcome to your diverse, inclusive, socially licensed building collapses and train crashes.

  3. Colin Suttie

    This seems appropriate:

  4. Zyconoclast

    Back-to-basics approach for Australia’s classrooms

    A gift from Rdd/Gillard.
    The maths curriculum aims to persuade students of the ”elegance and power” of mathematical reasoning.

    Aboriginal perceptions of time and weather patterns, family relationships and the ”algebra of storytelling” are also included.

  5. Empire

    Old news.

    To sustain the false narrative, everything is political for the left. Everything, every minute of the day.

    It’s up to parents to interrogate their kids and be aware of what is being taught. If it’s shit like this, you gotta make a scene.

  6. Zyconoclast

    Australian PISA scores 2006-2015.
    Scroll down and check out the graphs

    The only things we are trending up in is stuff you don’t want to.

  7. Helen

    “Topics such as inequity, poverty, and privilege…” Sounds a bit like Christianity. Maybe it’s not the left that’s behind this, but the churches. Or maybe it just reflects a deep human desire for religion, which in the west, as the churches decline, will find somewhere else to express itself.

  8. marcus

    However, Orwell spoke of the Nazis, so he may have been making reference to the Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, who once, in a debatably hyperbolic display of loyalty to Adolf Hitler, declared, “If the Führer wants it, two and two makes five!”

    In Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell writes:

    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. The heresy of heresies was common sense. And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right. For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_%2B_2_%3D_5

  9. Rohan

    Take a look at the first year Engineering subjects at Monash. Read it and weep.

    ENG1001 Engineering design: Lighter, faster, stronger
    ENG1002 Engineering design: Cleaner, safer, smarter
    ENG1003 Engineering mobile apps
    ENG1005 Engineering mathematics
    ENG1021 Spatial communication in engineering
    ENG1051 Materials for energy and sustainability
    ENG1060 Computing for engineers
    ENG1081 Physics for engineering
    ENG1090 Foundation mathematics
    ENG1210 Introduction to structural engineering
    ENG1211 Introduction to engineering systems

  10. Rabz

    There I was thinking that “social justice” and mathematics were mutually exclusive concepts.

    Not in postmodern leftist loon world, however.

  11. Gibbo

    The Uni where I work has a College for teaching new International students how to speak, read & write English. It consists of every Social Justice topic you can imagine with heavy doses of climate change & how white people are really bad to Aboriginals, all in the name of learning English. It’s everywhere. 🙁

  12. Ronaldo

    As Zyconoclast and Empire say, this goes back a long way. Behold Alan Bishop, 1990, ‘Western mathematics: the secret weapon of cultural imperialism’, Race and Class, vol. 32.

  13. JohnA

    It’s been known about for a long time and is called “the hidden curriculum”, transmitting underlying value judgements (yeah, old term) to move students’ thinking in a desired direction, usually to the left, hence sinister.

  14. Rob MW

    Many concepts found in secondary mathematics curricula can seem abstract to students, but setting the mathematics within a specifically-developed social justice framework can help students realize the power and meaning of both the data and social justice concerns.

    FMD….that’s funny. Obviously they’ve been watching the climate scientists adjust their data to maximize social justice concerns and get away with this malfeasance, so why not try the same fucking trick in the maths classroom.

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