A researcher for a non-profit organization that seeks to reform higher education hopes to see pushback against the California Department of Education as it examines a framework that contends getting the right mathematical answer is racist.
Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, "equitable math" contends "white supremacy" influences math teachers. David Randall of the National Association of Scholars says this leftist thinking is an extension of Common Core.
"This is a more explicitly ideological version which is attacking the very foundation of intellectual inquiry beyond anything that the Common Core did," he tells One News Now.
Randall hopes action will be taken to counter the absurdity of saying the focus on getting the "right" answer is part of the "white supremacist culture."
"If there's going to be a line of defense drawn at this moment, what's perhaps the most important thing is to prevent the state standards from being taken over so that teachers will still be free to teach properly," the research director notes.
Breitbart reports the Oregon Department of Education likewise launched a teacher training program earlier this year reportedly aimed at dismantling racism in math. And in the latest of many moves to prompt concern from parents in Virginia, which has seen in-fighting over controversial ideas surrounding equity and race, the Virginia Department of Education is moving to eliminate all accelerated math options prior to 11th grade, effectively keeping higher-achieving students from advancing as they usually would in the school system, according to Fox News.