“An associated “Dismantling Racism” workbook, linked within the toolkit, similarly identifies “objectivity” — described as “the belief that there is such a thing as being objective or ‘neutral'” — as a characteristic of White supremacy.
Instead of focusing on one right answer, the toolkit encourages teachers to “come up with at least two answers that might solve this problem.”
It adds: “Challenge standardized test questions by getting the ‘right’ answer, but justify other answers by unpacking the assumptions that are made in the problem.”
It also encourages teachers to “center ethnomathematics,” which includes a variety of guidelines. One of them instructs educators to “identify and challenge the ways that math is used to uphold capitalist, imperialist, and racist views.””
Comment: Does this mean that mathematics is something like quantum mechanics in which things may or may not be what they seem? My SWMBO was a math major as an undergraduate, that and physics as a minor. How she lives with a knuckle dragger but nevertheless a humanities person has always been a mystery. She expresses a bemused puzzlement over the concept of math as anything but rigorous.
I suppose that it is an open question as to whether someone imbued with Oregonian math philosophy could work for something like NASA, or in finance where simple arithmetic has long been the way the money was kept track of. pl
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