…and “math is political, too” according to Chicago Teacher Union president, Karen Lewis.
Lewis is agitating for teachers to teach “social justice” rather than what she calls “consumerism”.
Using an example of a “progressive” teacher, all learning, even math, could be politicized by using “union-approved rhetoric”. Instead of math being about how many pencils Johnny can buy, a better, social justice math problem would look something like “Jose working in factory making piecemeal clothes” which would use the same numbers as the pencil example and get the same answers. But instead of buying stuff, it’s all about poor Jose slaving away in some sweat shop.
This might be OK for teacher unions, but what about unions that represent workers who actually MAKE stuff? Why would demonizing a fellow union member in a different area of employment help the cause?
Does it even matter to zealots like Lewis?