The California Department of Education has put its plan for woke math on pause after concerned parents voiced their strong criticism to the proposed changes. Education officials released proposed changes to help add social justice concepts to math classes taught in public schools in February but it seems they’ve now been put on pause indefinitely.
The Daily Wire reports:
The guidelines, which would advise the state’s public schools and school administrators, would discourage the concept of gifted students while injecting social justice issues, such as gender theory and inequality, into coursework. As the Times reported:
The California guidelines, which are not binding, could overhaul the way many school districts approach math instruction. The draft rejected the idea of naturally gifted children, recommended against shifting certain students into accelerated courses in middle school and tried to promote high-level math courses that could serve as alternatives to calculus, like data science or statistics.
The draft also suggested that math should not be colorblind and that teachers could use lessons to explore social justice — for example, by looking out for gender stereotypes in word problems, or applying math concepts to topics like immigration or inequality. …
Critics slammed the proposal in a letter as an attempt to “de-mathematize math” based on unsound logic.
“The proposed framework would, in effect, de-mathematize math. For all the rhetoric in this framework about equity, social justice, environmental care and culturally appropriate pedagogy, there is no realistic hope for a more fair, just, equal and well-stewarded society if our schools uproot long-proven, reliable and highly effective math methods and instead try to build a mathless Brave New World on a foundation of unsound ideology,” the letter says.