When you think about math, what do you think about? Hours spent in frustration looking at a calculus problem? Your parents getting angrier and angrier when you can’t learn the multiplication tables on flash cards? Or, if you’re a bit more math-inclined, perhaps about the Greek greats behind the math we do to this day?
Whatever comes to mind, I bet “race” and “equity” weren’t words that popped into your mind when you thought about math.
Well, that’s because you’re not a leftist apparatchik. To them, everything under the sun is about race. Even math.
According to Fox News, “Ian Shenk, who identified as part of the “essential concepts committee” during a regional webinar on the Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative (VMPI), told viewers: ‘Let me be totally clear, we are talking about taking Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 – those three courses that we’ve known and loved … and removing them from our high school mathematics program, replacing them with essential concepts for grade eight, nine and 10.'”
Also according to Fox, Tina Mazzacane, a state employee, said that “The VMPI really seeks to increase opportunities and remove barriers for learning math so that every student can have that opportunity to achieve in their education and toward their career goals.” That’s right. After getting rid of advanced courses, they want to put students of all ability levels in the same classroom. How will that make people better off?
Furthermore, Ian Serotkin, a Loudoun school board member, posted a graphic with this message: “[T]his initiative will eliminate ALL math acceleration prior to 11th grade,” he said. “That is not an exaggeration, nor does there appear to be any discretion in how local districts implement this. All 6th graders will take Foundational Concepts 6. All 7th graders will take Foundational Concepts 7. All 10th graders will take Essential Concepts 10. Only in 11th and 12th grade is there any opportunity for choice in higher math courses.”
As a summary, what that means is that there will no longer be classes for exceptional students until their junior year of high school and all of the classes will be full of good, bad, and mediocre students. Virginia is canceling opportunities for exceptional students in the name of equity.
Of course, after being called out for attempting to do away with merit in the classroom, Virginia backed down and said that some differentiation would be allowed. You can read more about that battle over standards and student differentiation here.
Regardless of what the leftist bureaucrats in the Virginia DOE are saying, just think about what this program means if it’s in any way implemented. The best and brightest students will be held back for no reason, bad students will continue to struggle, and teachers will no longer focus on developing the brightest minds and lifting up those that need more help. Instead, everything will be a mess and our educators will continue to fail.
America desperately needs more smart citizens. What it certainly does not need is yet more uninformed, uneducated, and unexceptional adults. Our schools should be promoting even more advanced math classes and channeling the smart students into them, not canceling the ones that do exist in the name of equity.
But, of course, that won’t happen because, as Bill Maher pointed out, we’re a silly people. The leftists will just keep chasing after the illusory idea of complete equity and, in the process, destroy everything that works.
Our educational system will be further ruined, the population will know even less, and everyone will be worse off. But the blue check marks on Twitter will be happy because destroying beauty and exceptional ability is what they do.
Perhaps they’ll regret their decision when our planes start falling out of the sky and no one knows how to build a bridge but, if Atlas Shrugged is any guide, they won’t figure it out. Hell, they’ll probably blame whatever inequality between non-party members still exists.