Seattle is majority white. Sorry, I meant majority white-guilt. Three-quarters of the population is not a minority by the left’s definition. (66% white, 10% Asian.) And because white everything is oppressive, the public-school system has adopted the new (new) [NEW] Social Justice math.
The K-12 Math Ethnic Studies Framework outlines who math is for, why, and how if you are not white (or Asian) it is probably oppressive and discriminatory.
Power and oppression, as defined by ethnic studies, are the ways in which individuals and groups define mathematical knowledge so as to see “Western” mathematics as the only legitimate expression of mathematical identity and intelligence. This definition of legitimacy is then used to disenfranchise people and communities of color. This erases the historical contributions of people and communities of color.
I recall, in history class, learning a lot about the Arabic contribution to math and science and language before Islam and Mohammed banned all that progress. A warrior cult of personality justified by divine right ended centuries of progress and learning and kept it that way.
This Seattle Shuffle and the Social Justice obsession with oppression sounds similar. A powerful institution uses force and intimidation to dumb down everything in the name of the cause then blames someone else when you can’t count to twenty (or spell it). In this case, it is white privilege.
They do nothing to make you smarter or intellectually agile. They teach you what to think instead of how to think. Then make you feel bad about it and direct your frustration at their political enemies.
They claim to intercede on your behalf and all you have to do is be their political and cultural slaves.
Welcome to the 21st-century liberal plantation.
There is a nod in the New math to the idea that math has a purpose and that you are entitled to it. And you are. But it is cloaked in cultural Marxism and swaddled in social justice grievance-mongering. Time that could be spent learning math is spent turning it into a troubled feeling of exclusion.
Most of my math feelings were, wow I hate math. But I learned math. Not because I’m white but because I had too. Thankfully me many “ethnic” friends, Black, Asian, Indian (Asian sub-continent and American), were more interested in us all succeeding than blaming someone for why some of us might not. We survived and some thrived. Others found things they were better at but had the learning structure that math teaches the which they could apply to other disciplines.
Math is color-blind but Seattle has turned it from something you need to engineer a bridge or a building (or an electric car or solar installation into that which you use to engineer a mob. All they are building is division and outrage.
Which should make you truly angry once you realize they used you to build a political pyramid you’ll never be allowed to climb.Math SDS ES Framework