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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Math Test Politics Goes Awry

A math test question at a Seattle area community college asked:

"Condoleezza holds a watermelon just over the edge of the roof of the 300-foot Federal Building, and tosses it up with a velocity of 20 feet per second." The question went on to ask when the watermelon will hit the ground, based on a formula provided.

Some students were offended by the obvious allusion and stereotype in the question and complained to the media. The school has not released the name of the teacher and states the teacher has apologized and requested cultural-sensitivity training.

Don't you all get it? Since Bush was elected, it has been open-season for liberals to drop any pretext at objectivity in their MSM reporting, their blogs and their government classrooms. We see teachers supposedly teaching geography, math or other non-Poly-Sci subjects, regularly bringing their political beliefs about the Iraq War and the Bush administration into their daily lectures. In addition, the horrible stereotyping of conservative blacks like Rice and Justice Thomas appears to be acceptable in liberal circles.

Just pointing this out causes liberals to cry "McCarthyism" even though faculties are overwhelmingly liberal and Democrat as they continue to hire and promote their co-ideologues. We do not want these teachers' personal beliefs to result in dismissal or other repression of thought. But they should attempt to educate their students first in the subject matters they have been hired to teach. And we would like them to be open to opposing viewpoints so students can weigh the arguments for themselves (without recrimination in grading).

And what kind of sensitivity training will that teacher receive? She may learn never to blurt out openly what she truly believes regarding Rice and black conservatives. More important, will she also receive the lesson that attempting to indoctrinate captive students to her political beliefs is wrong and not what her profession is supposed to be doing?

Doubt it.

And what about that question in the test about the neo-con money-lender? I know, it was a question about fractions.

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