by Penka Arsova
The Oregon Department of Education is promoting a program for teachers that will purportedly help them eradicate white supremacy from mathematics classes.
The story: Last week, the department posted a newsletter that underscores several teaching tools in honor of Black History Month. Among other things, the newsletter points teachers to a virtual course called “Pathway to Math Equity Micro-Course” that is scheduled to take place later this month.
In detail: The flyer for the Feb. 21 virtual event says the goal of the course is to encourage teachers to use a toolkit aimed at “dismantling racism in mathematics.” The instructions are meant for middle school teachers to use in teaching and creating their curriculum for the subject.
The tool claims that “white supremacy culture infiltrates math classrooms in everyday teacher actions” which “perpetuate educational harm on Black, Latinx, and multilingual students, denying them full access to the world of mathematics.”