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California’s Woke Math Curriculum Gets Failing Grades, Harming Education

'It has led to even worse inequities and driven them underground...'

Over 700 mathematicians and scientists signed a letter denouncing the California Mathematics Framework, a “woke” approach to math instituted by the state, as bad science that that will hurt the nation’s competitiveness and “disproportionately harm students with fewer resources,” reported the Epoch Times.

“Signatories include several public school math teachers from California, numerous professors at University of California schools, including UC-Davis and UC-Berkeley, and staff at leading U.S. universities for hard science, including Stanford, Berkeley, CalTech, and MIT,” according to Epoch Times.

Some of the more educationally harmful aspects of the woke math that have teachers rightfully concerned, according to their letter, include:

  • Promotes fringe teaching methods such as “trauma-informed pedagogy.”
  • Distracts from actual mathematics by having teachers insert “environmental and social justice” into the math curriculum.
  • Urges teachers to take a “justice-oriented perspective at any grade level, K–12” and explicitly rejects the idea that mathematics itself is a “neutral discipline.
  • Encourages keeping all students together in the same math program until the 11th grade and argues that offering differentiated programs causes student “fragility” and racial animosity.

The lunacy driving the guidelines include the belief that showing your work on math problems and arriving at the “right” answer aren’t important because those are relics of “white supremacy,” Norm Matloff, a computer science professor at U.C. Davis told the American Conservative.

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Even as the state promises to revise the framework to make it voluntary for schools, one high-performance teacher is raising doubts about the plan.

“It has led to even worse inequities and driven them underground,” said Elizabeth Statmore, a math teacher at the district’s Lowell High, the city’s top performing public high school, according to CalMatter.org.

“People with means,” she said, “started finding other ways to get ahead.”

The letter submitted by the scientists and mathematicians said that instead of helping low-income students, the framework will drive privatization of science, technology and mathematics learning. The letter was sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, the State Board of Education, and the Instructional Quality Commission.

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“Subjecting the children of our largest state to such an experiment is the height of irresponsibility,” said the letter, according to Fox News, and signers called upon the state to enact reforms that will give all students math curriculum that have “precision and rigor.”

“Far from being deliberately held back, all students should have the opportunity to be nurtured and challenged to fulfill their potential,” the letter continued. “This is not only for their own benefit but also for society and the nation’s economic competitiveness.”

The heart of the issue is that California is failing to teach its children mathematics using any framework.

“The way California public schools teach math isn’t working,” said CalMatters.org. “On national standardized tests, California ranks in the bottom quartile among all states and U.S. territories for 8th grade math scores.”

Headline USA’s Mark Pellin contributed to this report.

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