Cambridge schools are divided over middle school algebra

Cambridge Public Schools no longer offers advanced math in middle school, something that could hinder his son Isaac from reaching more advanced classes, like calculus, in high school.

The district’s aim was to reduce disparities between low-income children of color, who weren’t often represented in such courses, and their more affluent peers.

“The students who are able to jump into a higher level math class are students from better-resourced backgrounds,” said Jacob Barandes, another district parent and a Harvard physicist. “They’re shortchanging a significant number of students, overwhelmingly students from less-resourced backgrounds, which is deeply inequitable.”

This is not the first time this debate has raged in Cambridge, and the same questions are being debated around the country. The California Board of Education, for example, is expected to pass a new state math framework that discourages eighth-grade algebra. Leaders there say the controversial measure is necessary because when the state pressured districts to offer eighth-grade algebra, many students were unprepared for the course and had to repeat it.

Farming is both difficult and skilled work.

During the Soviet Revolution, farmers that had both the work ethic and technical knowledge to farm and successful at it were deemed Kulaks.

Their success was seen as coming at the expense of less successful farmers.

The Kulaks were liquidated, i.e., killed or sent to gulag, and their land was redistributed to the other farmers.

Those farmers had neither the skill or work ethic to farm adequately and the result was a famine that killed as many as 20 million Soviets.

Years later, Chairman Mao did something similar and that famine killed as many as 50 million Chinese.

In Massachusetts and California, it appears that the same attitude has been applied to math education.

Some students have the intelligence and work ethic to get good at math.

Others don’t.

That is “inequitable.”

So the solution proposed is to liquidate the intellectual Kulaks.

The advanced children will have their advanced math taken from them, and they will be forced into the same lower math as everyone else.

This will not make the dumb kids smarter.

It will make the smart kids miserable.

And then everyone will be at the same low level of performance.

The lesson the children are being taught is that hard work and skill is a liability, not an asset, and success will be punished in favor of “equity.”

Just like in the Soviet Union and Maoist China, this will also lead to famine.  Just one of a different kind.

Our best and brightest children will not have the ability or desire to succeed academically.

They won’t pursue high value college degrees, no medicine, engineering, science, etc.

We will suffer a famine of highly skilled professionals, and then the resulting societal problems that ensue.

We will have a shortage of doctors.

Our bridges will fall down.

Airplanes will fall out of the skies.

The lights will go out.

Our infrastructure will crumble.

But at least we will have equity in the dark.



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By J. Kb

8 thoughts on “Academic communism comes to Blue States”
  1. What’s going to happen is the smart kids’ families will start hiring tutors or getting them some alternate form of education, especially the asian families. Some will move to get their kids better education.

    1. And so those families will have less available income. It’s like everything the left does is intended to impoverish people.

  2. Equity = lowest common denominator.
    Oh, sorry, math term trigger warning I suppose.
    And why not instead use resources to boost those who aren’t as well prepared? Well, it’s going to cost more. And everything I’ve read says it won’t help, on average, unless the parents are fully engaged in the child’s education. So there’s that culture thing again.

    1. Boris agreed but I would add that not only is there a ‘cultural thing’ but there’s also a ‘victim class status’ which dictates that to excel at math sciences is proof of white privilege, and therefore racist, and thus tyrannical in nature…..which sets the base reasoning of the victim paradigm.

    2. Also god forbid that any money spent on the school system benefits the children. First comes the Union, then comes everyone close to the Union. The children get nothing, they rather toss the money into some kind of diversity/green energy/world peace event than have the children gain something valuable from it.

  3. The powers that be are doing their damndest to make “Harrison Bergeron” a documentary…

  4. Not to mention we get the best tyrannical government of all time, one which has perfected the slowest march toward death and misery that could ever be invented.
    It is an interesting to study the history of capital punishment. The Romans touted their Cross as the most superior form of punishment because it was engineered to keep the treasonist alive longer than any other form of death which enabled enough time for even the more hardened evil people to have enough time to be more honest and thorough with their confession to their god. Increasing the possibility of greater mercy. Romans claimed their cross was the most humane of all systems of capital punishment.
    America will claim their tyrannical rule is the most merciful considering all injustices of life.

  5. This is exactly the mind of stuff I was observing and stsrtinng to see happen in high school and exactly what I was getting at in reply to Hagar’s post.
    Seeing a disparity between students who are achieving and those that don’t for whatever reason, we do the American thing, which is to do the cheapest and most half assed solution that doesn’t address the causes, but the symptoms and does so in the most asinine way possible. Too hard and expensive to actually help the kids who are struggling and address the causes, so we will simply reduce everyone to a lower lever that everyone meets so our arbitrary metrics are now good. Back pats handies all around to celebrate our success! Huzzah!
    Its not to whole thing, but man no child left behind certainly didn’t help.

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