(Tony Sifert, Headline USA) A congresswoman representing California’s 39th district has sent a letter to the California Board of Education demanding that the board reconsider its decision to phase out advanced math opportunities for public school students in the name of “math equity,” according to a press release issued by the office of Rep. Young Kim, R-Calif.
In her letter, Kim criticized a “proposed mathematics framework” which required California public schools to eliminate an option for “advanced or accelerated mathematics classes” prior to the sophomore year of high school.
“Advancing STEM education is a first order concern for our nation to build the foundations of future technological advancement and innovation,” Kim wrote.
“If we want to maintain our competitive edge in this field, we must allow and encourage students to learn at an accelerated pace if they have the capability to do so.”
Kim pointed to data from national assessments which show that California students have fallen below the national average in 4th and 8th grade math.
“Instead of addressing the serious needs of California students in math, the Board has decided to push forward with guidelines that will further limit learning potential and widen education gaps,” she wrote.
Kim’s letter, which was sent to Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, the president of the board, was signed by seven other Republican congressmen from California, including Mike Garcia, Michelle Steele, Jay Olbernolte, David Valadao, Tom McClintock, Ken Calvert, and Darrell Issa.
“Math equity” is the latest craze in Woke pedagogy.
Given that math is inherently racist, as Yale professor Theodore Kim has argued in the pages of the Washington Post, it is incumbent on public schools to do everything they can to enforce the lowest common denominator among students in STEM classes.
“Our K-12 education system has always thrived the best when it empowers students to make their own educational choices and showcase their individuality,” Rep. Kim wrote.
“Imposing a one-size-fits-all model on the students of California will instead stifle creativity, free thinking, and innovation.”