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Teach For America Now Pushing Social Justice in Math

As if the failtastic Common Core wasn’t already killing education in the U.S., Teach For America is now pushing social justice issues through math classes.

Just Leave Math Alone - Social Justice - Teach For AmericaNo, really.

Campus Reform:

This summer, middle school math teachers can learn how to incorporate social justice issues like racism and privilege into their classrooms.

Teaching Social Justice through Secondary Mathematics” is a six-week online course designed by Teach for America and offered through EdX, which provides free online classes from top universities such as Harvard University, MIT, and Columbia University.

Unveiled earlier this month, the course aims to teach math instructors how to craft lesson-plans that incorporate social justice in order to raise their students’ awareness.

“Do you ask students to think deeply about global and local social justice issues within your mathematics classroom?” a course overview asks. “This education and teacher training course will help you blend secondary math instruction with topics such as inequity, poverty, and privilege to transform students into global thinkers and mathematicians.”

According to the website, the course can even help students to learn math, because while many aspects of middle- and high-school math “can seem abstract to students,” the developers claim that “setting the mathematics within a specially-developed social justice framework can help students realize the power and meaning of both the data and social justice concerns.”

Participants in the online course are given sample ideas for lessons they could create, such as using math to teach students about “Unpaid Work Hours in the Home by Gender” and “Race and Imprisonment Rates in the United States.”

If I see this crap in my kid’s classroom, you will see me on the 6 o’clock news.

NC Superintendent Mark Johnson is a Teach for America alum. Will he denounce the infusion of social justice into math?

North Carolina’s General Assembly keeps funding Teach For America to the tune of around $6 million a year.

The turnover rate for Teach for America teachers in North Carolina is higher than that of any other category of teacher.

In March 2015, 449 TFA teachers employed and by March the following year 147 of them were gone. That’s an astronomical attrition rate of 32.74%.  

With the Teaching Fellows Program likely returning, it’s time for Legislators to cut the Teach for America cord.

Reminder: Governor McCrory’s former education aide, Eric Guckian, was a Teach for America Alum. Guckian left the governor’s office for Teach for America’s new social justice flavored offshoot — Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE).

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A.P. Dillon is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of American Lens and is the founder the popular North Carolina based blog, LadyLiberty1885.com. ​A.P. Dillon has been a contributor at Breitbart, IJ Review, DaTechGuy Blog, Civitas Institute and The Heartland Institute. Her writing has been cited by Conservative Review, The Gateway Pundit, The Daily Caller, PJ Media, The Blaze, Michelle Malkin, Twitchy, Truth In American Education, Breitbart and FOX news. She has been a leading voice of Common Core opposition in North Carolina since 2011.

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