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A Dubious Approach to Teaching Math

Are those on the Left, who want to keep African-American students from being competitive in math, helpful or hurtful?

Jeff Davidson

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Nothing on Earth is safe from Leftist contortion. Picture a young Isaac Newton, Madame Curie, Henri Poincare, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Albert Einstein, Alan Turing, or, for that matter, Pythagoras, Euclid, or Archimedes newly enrolled in a Portland, Oregon grade School. Exposed to this state’s new edict regarding how math is to be taught, where showing your work and getting the right answer has been devalued. Would any of them have achieved prominence? Would the world be the same?

Consider the African-American ladies profiled in the movie Hidden Figures — Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughan. Without them, we’d probably still have made it to the Moon, but maybe with greater difficulty and more delay.

Everyone Receives an “A”!

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded a Leftist educational group which asserts that math as currently taught is racist and that formulating an objective answer is a gross example of “white supremacy.” What is it about the Left that seeks ways to dumb down education so that everybody gets a passing grade regardless of what they know? How are students going to land decent jobs?

‘Progressives,’ BLM advocates, and ‘social justice warriors’ detect racism, real or not, everywhere they look, particularly in education. Achievement tests, end-of-grade testing, report cards, and the mere act of assigning letter grades to a student’s performance are under attack by the Left. Could the real racists be those who want to keep African-American students from being competitive in math?

If students have been attentive and diligent and have applied themselves, no quiz, achievement test, final exam, or end-of-grade test precipitates undue concern. Such tests are not stumbling blocks for students who have been appropriately taught, been attentive in class, done their homework, and diligently studied for tests. Studies show that even in ‘poor’ schools, a competent teacher and a motivated student can yield academic success. 

Oppressive Techniques!

Those on the Left prefer to cast aspersions on American education and stop all testing students, apparently for all time. No more SATs for high school juniors and seniors. No more ACTs. After all, the tests are hopelessly biased, right? Testing, academics, and the English language, in and of itself, are tools of oppression and must be abandoned – now  

Oddly, the Left never pushes for more rigorous standards. “Why are tests needed at all?” they demand to know. “Learning takes place on many different levels. Why conform to ‘white version’ of academic achievement?” 

Let’s assess the ramifications of such assertions. 

Taking the Long Way Home

How confident would you be driving across a high bridge, over a wide river, knowing that the bridge was designed by engineers who ‘learned’ math in Oregon, or didn’t take any final exams in college? Knowing the academic credentials of the bridge designers, or lack thereof, could change your driving habits.

What if you need of brain surgery? Among a handful of brain surgeons in your region, you learn that some never took final exams in medical school, or any exams for that matter. These same surgeons turned in no college papers, took no quizzes, and perhaps spent little time in class. 

Suppose they’re all good surgeons and have successfully operated on others?

Still, you’ve got this nagging suspicion that your best choice would be among the brain surgeons who attended class, did well on quizzes and tests, passed final exams, and proved to be academically superior. Would anyone find you to be discriminatory? Can we find fault with your decision to seek a formally trained and tested brain surgeon?

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Mechanical and structural engineers, and brain surgeons, represent a small slice of society. Whether it’s receiving change at the grocery store, however, having your car fixed, hiring a masseuse, or any of dozens of other product and service options, as Ghostbusters fans would say, “Who ya gonna call?”

Suppose you attend a university, such as Rutgers, where proper English is no longer required, exams are not given, and graduation is all but guaranteed? Knowing the background of students who matriculated from such an institution, what future employer would choose such students over others who have bonafide academic credentials?

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. The lifetime economic curse that Leftist advocates bestow upon those who follow their edicts is crippling. The false bill of goods that far Left groups peddle will haunt their advocates and apologists, not merely for years, but for decades. Anyone who thinks that under-educated students will be able to compete for good salaried jobs dooms such students for a lifetime of rude awakenings.

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EEK ELON! Musk Sexual Assault Story Comes to Light Ahead of Twitter Deal

Musk claims that the story was a “politically-motivated hit piece”.

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Just as Elon Musk was set to make an unprecedented mark on the social media landscape, his proverbial train has been derailed.

Musk, who has been bickering with Twitter over their phony user data, was set to drop $44 billion on the deal, when he was suddenly sideswiped by a SpaceX-related sexual assault allegation.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk denied a sexual assault claim from a former flight attendant, whom the company reportedly paid $250,000 as part of a severance agreement in 2018.

Musk, in a Thursday tweet following the story, claimed the story should be “viewed through a political lens.”

The attendant worked on a contract basis in the cabin crew for SpaceX’s corporate jet fleet. She accused Musk of exposing his erect penis to her, rubbing her leg without consent, and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage, according to Business Insider.

It gets creepier…

A declaration signed by the attendant’s friend detailed the incident, which reportedly took place in 2016. Email correspondence and other records, which the friend provided Business Insider, reportedly corroborate the claims. The attendant reportedly told her friend that SpaceX encouraged her to get licensed as a masseuse, so she could give Musk massages. She said Musk propositioned her during one such massage.

Musk claimed that the story was a “politically-motivated hit piece”, and pointed to his decades of time in the public eye with no scandals as corroborating evidence of his alleged innocence.

Just as Elon Musk was set to make an unprecedented mark on the social media landscape, his proverbial train has been derailed. Musk, who has been bickering with Twitter over their phony user data, was set to drop $44 billion on the deal, when he was suddenly sideswiped by a SpaceX-related sexual assault allegation. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk denied a sexual assault claim from a former flight attendant, whom the company reportedly paid $250,000 as part of a severance agreement in 2018. Musk, in a Thursday tweet following the story, claimed the story should be “viewed through a political lens.” The attendant worked on a contract basis in the cabin crew for SpaceX’s corporate jet fleet. She accused Musk of exposing his erect penis to her, rubbing her leg without consent, and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage, according to Business Insider. It gets creepier… A declaration signed by the attendant’s friend detailed the incident, which reportedly took place in 2016. Email correspondence and other records, which the friend provided Business Insider, reportedly corroborate the claims. The attendant reportedly told her friend that SpaceX encouraged her to get licensed as a masseuse, so she could give Musk massages. She said Musk propositioned her during one such massage. Musk claimed that the story was a “politically-motivated hit piece”, and pointed to his decades of time in the public eye with no scandals as corroborating evidence of his alleged innocence.

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NBC Finally Admits That Hunter Biden Laptop Story is Real

Objective journalism, this was not.

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The selective ambivalence of the mainstream media is just diet lies, we must always remember this.  It’s like poisoning a healthy cereal but only telling folks about the “essential vitamins and minerals”, leaving off the part about the cyanide.

So when the infotainment industry decides to simply ignore a story, arbitrarily, they are withholding the bigger, more important truth.  The full truth.

Such is the story of the Hunter Biden “laptop from Hell”, that the mainstream media wouldn’t talk about at all until Joe Biden was elected President.  To do so would cast doubt on his family’s ability to avoid nepotism and/or trouble, and may have swayed the 2020 election.

But now that there has been a significant amount of pressure put on them, they’re beginning to crack.

NBC News is the latest legacy news organization to offer delayed legitimacy to the Hunter Biden scandal after downplaying the revelations from his laptop during the 2020 presidential election.

NBC published a story Thursday headlined, “Analysis of Hunter Biden’s hard drive shows he, his firm took in about $11 million from 2013 to 2018, spent it fast,” citing documents showing the fortune he made while working for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, as well as through his business ties to a Chinese energy company. It also aired a package about the story Wednesday on “NBC Nightly News,” its flagship evening program.

The report also highlighted some of Hunter Biden’s expenditures showing he “spent more than $200,000 per month from October 2017 through February 2018 on luxury hotel rooms, Porsche payments, dental work and cash withdrawals.”

And then:

“NBC News obtained a copy of Biden’s laptop hard drive from a representative of Rudy Giuliani and examined Biden’s business dealings from 2013 to 2018 based on the information available on the hard drive and the scope of the documents released by the Senate,” the report stated.

This new report flies in the face of how NBC News and its sister cable network MSNBC covered the Hunter Biden laptop’s contents when the story was broken by the New York Post in 2020.

Objective journalism, this was not, and our nation must continue to demand better, lest we wish to fall into the propaganda dystopia that nations such as China and Russia are dealing with.

The selective ambivalence of the mainstream media is just diet lies, we must always remember this.  It’s like poisoning a healthy cereal but only telling folks about the “essential vitamins and minerals”, leaving off the part about the cyanide. So when the infotainment industry decides to simply ignore a story, arbitrarily, they are withholding the bigger, more important truth.  The full truth. Such is the story of the Hunter Biden “laptop from Hell”, that the mainstream media wouldn’t talk about at all until Joe Biden was elected President.  To do so would cast doubt on his family’s ability to avoid nepotism and/or trouble, and may have swayed the 2020 election. But now that there has been a significant amount of pressure put on them, they’re beginning to crack. NBC News is the latest legacy news organization to offer delayed legitimacy to the Hunter Biden scandal after downplaying the revelations from his laptop during the 2020 presidential election. NBC published a story Thursday headlined, “Analysis of Hunter Biden’s hard drive shows he, his firm took in about $11 million from 2013 to 2018, spent it fast,” citing documents showing the fortune he made while working for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, as well as through his business ties to a Chinese energy company. It also aired a package about the story Wednesday on “NBC Nightly News,” its flagship evening program. The report also highlighted some of Hunter Biden’s expenditures showing he “spent more than $200,000 per month from October 2017 through February 2018 on luxury hotel rooms, Porsche payments, dental work and cash withdrawals.” And then: “NBC News obtained a copy of Biden’s laptop hard drive from a representative of Rudy Giuliani and examined Biden’s business dealings from 2013 to 2018 based on the information available on the hard drive and the scope of…

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