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Even in its darkest moments, the Soviet Union was led by a dictator whose goal was to build; by contrast, the woke destroy.
There are features of American wokeness that make me gasp that socialism in the U.S. is going to be worse than the USSR where I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s. The ongoing effort to transform mathematics education into a crypto-Marxist indoctrination vehicle seems like the sign of things to come.
The California Department of Education recently drafted “Equitable Math” framework that, if implemented, will destroy what’s left of mathematics education in the Golden State. Along with the directive to privilege students on the basis of sex and skin color, the proposal essentially calls for the end of math. Fox News explains, “Another document calls for centering ‘ethnomathematics,’ designing a ‘culturally sustainable math space,’ and supporting students ’to reclaim their mathematical ancestry.'”
It’s a mouthful. “Centering” is a euphemism the woke invented to avoid using traditional English expressions like “give a privileged treatment to,” “to prioritize,” or “to focus on.” The idea that there is a “mathematical ancestry” — more wokester jargon —that’s up for reclaiming is poorly informed and reeking of insecurity.
All folk cultures have their ways of keeping track of numbers. They can be fascinating, and are collected and analyzed by anthropologists, not by mathematicians. Mathematicians work with immutable, and universal, laws of nature.
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