Hitting The Books

In Newton Massachusetts the top priority for teaching mathematics, as documented in by the school district’s official curriculum benchmarks, is described as such:

“Respect for Human Differences – Students will live out the system wide core of ‘Respect for Human Differences’ by demonstrating anti-racist/anti-bias behaviors.”

Students will: Consistently analyze their experiences and the curriculum for bias and discrimination; Take effective anti-bias action when bias or discrimination is identified; Work with people of different backgrounds and tell how the experience affected them; Demonstrate how their membership in different groups has advantages and disadvantages that affect how they see the world and the way they are perceived by others… – etc…

Learning basic math skills appears to be and afterthought, and it’s showing up in test scores. KelliPundit has the rest of the story.

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