Oh, where are we going? Does Dr. Seuss have a book for that?

Should 2 + 2 have two correct answers?

Can I get an “a” for that blank?

Where is America headed? I help people #move from one home to another in and around #Culpeper County Virginia as a Realtor. I have enjoyed real estate for many years and love helping others through the process. I LOVE the Blue Ridge Mountains views, scenery and people.

Last year COVID was overwhelming! I limited the amount of media, especially news I consumed. The beauty of living near the mountains is the abundance of outdoor activities away from computers, cellphones and television. However, when I see, articles of entire states reevaluating math it makes me wonder!

Have you seen the NY POST February 12, 2021 article: The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently encouraged teachers to register for training that encourages “ethnomathematics” and argues, among other things, that White supremacy manifests itself in the focus on finding the right answer. (What?)

An ODE newsletter advertises a Feb. 21 “Pathway to Math Equity Micro-Course,” which is designed for middle school teachers to make use of a toolkit for “dismantling racism in mathematics.”

Part of the toolkit includes a list of ways “white supremacy culture” allegedly “infiltrates math classrooms.” Those include “the focus is on getting the ‘right’ answer,” students being “required to ‘show their work,’” and other alleged manifestations.

“The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so,” the document for the “Equitable Math” toolkit reads. “Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuate objectivity as well as fear of open conflict.” (excuse me?)

The ODE, led by Colt Gill, confirmed the letter to Fox News. ODE Communications Director Marc Siegel also defended the “Equitable Math” educational program, saying it “helps educators learn key tools for engagement, develop strategies to improve equitable outcomes for Black, Latinx, and multilingual students, and join communities of practice.”

Instead of focusing on one right answer, the toolkit encourages teachers to “come up with at least two answers that might solve this problem.” 

We make smooth moves in Culpeper…

WHAT? I feel the nails scrapping the chalkboard as I re-read the article! What on earth is going on? This morning, I awoke to my husband reading an article that 6 of Dr. Seuss’ books will no longer be published because they are racist! What? Dr. Seuss would be 117 years old today, March 2, 2021. Do you think ideas were different 117 years ago? I was not much of a fan of Dr. Seuss, but I never thought of him as racist. He saw issues in everyday life and made them laughable. Would he be shaking his head at the idea that math should have 2 correct answers? 2 + 2 = 4; 2 x 2 = 4. Hmm, let me see, can I come up with an alternative? If the x an y in algebra are moved on the line to suit answer 2 is answer 1 still correct? If you go to a pharmacist for a prescription and they are .002 correct on your dose will you survive? Maybe. Maybe not.

As a, #Realtor, I live on commission. Some companies now ‘hire’ agents for a ‘salary.’ As a commissioned salesperson, we do math everyday. I need 10 sales to make $50,000 at the end of the year. That is based on an average sales price and an average commission. If I do not do my math correctly I will not have a chance at reaching my goal of $50,000. There is no second answer… either I know my numbers and work toward them daily, or I miss the mark and starve. That is reality.

Where are we going if 2 + 2 may = 6?

Will someone enlighten me?

Can I move the Blue Ridge Mountain chain so I can have better cell service? Or would it be easier for me to change my address from Rappahannock County, Virginia to Fredericksburg? You do the math and come up with your second answer.

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