Guys, a little perspective here. I'm familiar with the Seattle schools and local gov't. And before you go jumping to the conclusion that I am a Trumper, nothing could be farther from the truth. I'm middle-of-the-road Independent, and can't wait until he's serving time. However, Seattle has lately been taken over politically by far, far, far, far Left leaning, self-serving idiots. It's like they're constantly trying to outdo one another to see who can come up with the looniest ideas. Believe me, the Far Left can easily be as bad as the Far Right. Homeless meth and heroin addicts have essentially taken over the city, but at least they banned plastic straws and bags, right? They currently have an unabashed Socialist on the city council who takes every opportunity to smear nearly every local business, calling them the "enemy", particularly Amazon, while simultaneously trying to bleed them dry. I'm not going to get too deep into the local politics, but they recently tried to slap local businesses with a "Head Tax" of $275 per year for every employee. It didn't work. Last week, Amazon gave a paltry $1.45 million to a more conservative PAC, ahead of the elections. It could've given 10 times that much, and wouldn't even feel it. But that set off the Far Left, again.
So, I was very disheartened to hear that both Warren and Sanders threw their support behind these Seattle far-left, socialist lunatics. That narrows the field of electable Democratic presidential candidates considerably. I like Buttigieg; he seems to be the most "normal" of the entire group. But I don't give him great odds of passing the primary.
BTW, here's a quote on that math curriculum: "Power and oppression, as defined by ethnic studies, are the ways in which individuals and groups define mathematical knowledge so as to see “Western” mathematics as the only legitimate expression of mathematical identity and intelligence. This definition of legitimacy is then used to disenfranchise people and communities of color. This erases the historical contributions of people and communities of color." Did you realize when you subtracted one number from another that you were disenfranchising people by using Western math?
I believe this. However, just to further the stupidity of this one tiny point... I wonder if the people on the Board of Ed know why we call our displays of numbers “Arabic” numerals. Or if they know who invented Algebra — the system upon which all modern “Western” mathematics is based. (Hint: It is the people who invented the numerals.)
I hope to write a much more intensive treatise later. Meanwhile know this, the NYC Board of Ed considers “objective thinking” to be “White Supremacy”. Does this change who should be President? Of course not. But denying that a problem exists on the cultural far Left won’t help get Trump out of office, either. Yet engagement whith the people who hear and read these true things can. “I agree these are terrible because they deny evidence and facts — and even the existence of facts... That is one of the reasons I will be voting against Donald Trump. Let me talk to you about all of his assaults on evidence and facts and knowledge and we can work together to bring evidence, facts, and objectivity back to the fore in the American polity. By voting Trump out of office *and* by addressing the ideologues on the cultural far Left.” Will this line of reasoning persuade most people considering voting forTrump? Probably very few. But probably more than yelling at them and telling them (or insinuating) that they are bad people... or defending that there is no problem on the Left that needs to be addressed.