And, tell me, when you learned about tessellations, for example, did you hear about anyone other than Escher? Ever hear about the Indian contributions to geometry? How about the contributions Indian mathematicians made to what developed into the Pythagorean theorem?Not getting into the fray but I don't even know what "color" any of the mathematicians were? I didn't think it matters. I know a few of them were Greek. That's not white by today's standards and was even more dark several centuries ago before this melting pot we can earth got smaller.
So, if we need to give credit by color then we need to also give credit by religion. How many Muslims? Christians? Pagans? Does it take to create a Pythagorean theorem?
Wait, wait.... We left out women. Women did a lot of things back then and never got credit for it. Often the men would take the credit for her wisdom. Should we call it Pythagoras Wife theorem? It should be researched after all to see. Why leave women out of this experience.
Sorry, I learned about math in math class. I learned about culture in social studies and geography. And it was a fascinating class for me because I love the study of ALL people.
The only folks attempting to indoctrinate "children to be sexist racists" are the folks who appear to be absolutely terrified of kids seeing people who look like them and come from similar backgrounds in the curriculum.“We” haven’t limited our examples of contributors to our society to only one gender and color - at least in the time that either you or I have been alive. Claiming that we do, or that anyone is saying we should, is a fallacy.
It is a sad, sick view you have of our children to think that they can’t relate to people with bodies different than theirs. You’re suggesting that they’re racist, sexist, and lack empathy.
If little Sarah is in math class, and Sarah likes math, that is her only attribute that is relevant in that classroom. When she first hears about the work of Pythagoras, if she has even a half a second to wonder what his genitals were shaped like and if the shape of hers will help her or hurt her understanding of his theorems, that is your failing, not hers. His ONLY attribute relevant to Sarah is that he liked math... just like her.
Stop indoctrinating our children to be sexist racists.
That’s what we pay their gym teacher for.
Where are you getting that the union is "standing up for this"? She's on leave and the district is investigating. Sounds like proper procedures are being followed.“You know what? You’re not a special person around here. You should hear how everybody talks about you around here. YOU’RE A JERK,”
Why would the teacher's union stand up for this?
When I lay out a building.... And it has to be correct no matter what.And, tell me, when you learned about tessellations, for example, did you hear about anyone other than Escher? Ever hear about the Indian contributions to geometry? How about the contributions Indian mathematicians made to what developed into the Pythagorean theorem?
It matters because students engage more with a subject when they see people who look like them and come from the same background as they do in the curriculum of that subject. More engagement leads to improved success despite what many folks in this thread would have you believe.