Monday, March 1, 2021

The Solution To "Racist" Math-Urban And Rural Math

You may have seen the, surely insane, woke answer to racist math;

"The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently encouraged teachers to register for training that encourages "ethnomathematics" and argues, among other things, that White supremacy manifests itself in the focus on finding the right answer."

I won't attempt to parody this madness, those much better qualified for that sort of thing have done that;

John Hoge has a question:

I wonder how many of the education bureaucrats who are promoting the course would object to the calculations on their paychecks being done on the basis of 2 + 2 = 3.

and, frankly, it is beyond parody being utterly pathetic.

But, believe it or not the concept has found a defender in one Lance Cummings PhD;

"But how we teach math can support the racist structures within a society that has been geared towards a particular race and culture for centuries."

"White supremacy culture shows up in math classrooms when the focus is getting the “right” answer. The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so."

You can read the rest of his remarkable essay HERE

But I will quote one of his remarkable solutions to removing white superiority racism in math which is, apparently, to address the math curriculum regionally.

For the suburbs-thusly;

"A food truck sells salads for $6.50 each and drinks $2.00 each. The food truck’s revenue from selling a total of 209 salads and drinks in one day was $836.50. How many salads were sold that day?


For the white rural community-thusly; 

"Wyatt can husk at least 12 dozen ears of corn per hour. Based on this information, what is a possible amount of time, in hours, that it could take Wyatt to husk 72 dozen ears of corn.

As a Midwesterner who grew up in a rural, mostly white community, these word problems seem perfectly natural. But an urban youth might not even know about corn husks. Or an indigenous student might come from a community that functions on a bartering system. These problems make assumptions about the “right way” of doing things with math that are invisible to most privileged persons in the United States."

And for the Black urban majority community thusly;

"Most people don’t know that the Black Panthers started the first free-lunch program in the US. Though J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI tried to sabotage these efforts, President Nixon increased funding and extended it to all youth. What if we translated one of the above word problems with this alternate context?

Pretend you are running the Black Panthers’ free-lunch program. Each meal costs $1.50 and drinks are $.50. You’ve received $2000 from President Nixon’s free lunch grant. How many students can you feed?

Now the word problem isn’t about making money; it is about helping people … and the context potentially teaches us something new about an underrepresented history."

Problem solved!

Rabid Foaming At Mouth leftist @mattyglesias Wants "Grand Compromise Now. He Can get Stuffed

 And yes, he blocked me of course;

A Grand Bargain on Wages and Immigration?

If Democrats want to raise the federal minimum wage, they’re going to have to work with Republicans 


Sunday, February 28, 2021

Kristi Noem For President?-For Humanity's Sake No


It's about three years before any meaningful analysis of who the next, realistic, GOP presidential candidates might be but of course the media and especially the conservative blogs, as per below examples, are setting out their favorites now.

That in the real world this has probably little meaning is by the by. Remember "Jeb is a lock for 2016" and countless other examples. Of course nobody knows what the political, economic and social situation will look like in early 2024 or who will be the president that year-Harris or Biden.

But a word on Governor Kristi Noem. I don't have a dog in the hunt except to advise that if President Donald Grover Cleveland Trump is renominated I would support him fully. 

As for Noem's proposed candidacy I would caution against it for common humanity's sake and for realistic political reasons.

Presuming Kamala Harris is the Dem's nominee running a white women from a 3 Electoral vote state is electorally sub-optimal. 

Every statement she would make, every policy proposal would be run through the MSM entirely through the prism of "Racism." The near total lock on Black female voters would be adamantine and the, crucial, overall black vote shift to the GOP from 2008's nadir would be halted if not reversed.

As for common humanity I would fear for Noem, or any female Republican candidate for president.

 The examples of how the media and the hate blogosphere used every mechanism, no matter how false, degrading and disgusting to attack Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann (and currently Marjorie Taylor Green) would not, for her and her family's sake, make a run worthwhile in the long term for her personal well being.

In my opinion, apart from Trump, the GOP's best choice on purely Electoral College considerations, would be Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina (with the added benefit of keeping "Nikki" Haley off of the ticket as two candidates from the same state can't run together. 

Scott cancels the race card and might increase Black male support while winning Georgia and keeping Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in play. Noem for VP? Sure, why not, it's a well balanced ticket in all respects

John Hinderaker at Powerline


Featured imageEarlier today, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem spoke at CPAC. Regular readers know that I am a fan of hers. She grew up on a farm near my home town and has become an intellectual leader of the conservative movement. In a year when pretty much everyone knuckled under to authoritarianism in the face of an alleged emergency, she stood tall for freedom.

And at Twitchy

‘What I did is tell my people the TRUTH’: Gov. Kristi Noem DROPS Dr. Fauci for accusing her of ignoring medical advice and it’s GLORIOUS

OANN top headline;

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Bye Nikki And Good Riddance "She’s TOAST: Nikki Haley tries patching things up with Trump after she crapped on him in January and he ain’t havin’ any of it"

Via Twitchy  Nikki stabbed the wrong person in the back

"This editor used to adore Nikki Haley.

True story. Tough as nails, direct, fearless at the UN … but then she tried to save her own skin and dumped on Trump in January. And hey, we get it, a lot of people were jumping ship when the Left was working overtime to paint Trump as some sort of evil authoritarian inspiring an insurrection but trying to wiggle her way back in?


Not a great idea, Nikki."

Scoop: Nikki Haley tried to get a meeting with Trump yesterday but he turned her down, even despite her apparent attempt to patch things up through a @WSJ op-ed yesterday