There is no “right answer”?

by milesstoneman

From a Fox News article:

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently encouraged teachers to register for training that encourages “ethnomathematics” and argues, among other things, that White supremacy manifests itself in the focus on finding the right answer.

An ODE newsletter sent last week advertises a Feb. 21 “Pathway to Math Equity Micro-Course,” which is designed for middle school teachers to make use of a toolkit for “dismantling racism in mathematics.”

Part of the toolkit includes a list of ways “white supremacy culture” allegedly “infiltrates math classrooms.” Those include “the focus is on getting the ‘right’ answer,” students being “required to ‘show their work,'” and other alleged manifestations.

“The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so,” the document for the “Equitable Math” toolkit reads. “Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuate objectivity as well as fear of open conflict.”

So why should you care? When all of those math geniuses can’t get jobs, they’ll simply pressure the government to take more of your money and give it to them. And the government will be happy to trade your money for their votes.

Math matters. Here is a math problem: If Susan has a box of 9 mm ammunition with 50 rounds in it, how many 16 round magazines for her Smith & Wesson SD9 VE will she be able to fill up? How many rounds will be left over to put in her pocket?

Susan will fill 3 magazines. She will load one magazine in the gun, and have two magazines to ride on her hip in a dual magazine pouch. And she will have 1 round left over to put in her pocket.

“Whoa!” You say. “Show me your work!”

16 X 3 = 48

50 – 48 = 2

So there will be 1 round left over to put in her pocket. (Note: Susan chambered a round from the 1st magazine, and topped it off with 1 of the left over bullets, so there was only 1 bullet remaining to put in her pocket. Never, never carry a gun with an empty chamber!)

You see? There is a right answer. Math matters.