Von der Elastizität der neuen kalifornischen Mathematik
Toleranz statt nur einer Lösung.
Das California Board of Education hat ein neues Mathematik-Lehrmodell beschlossen, dass sich nach Social Justice richtet.
California will officially adopt a new “equity” and “social justice” based mathematics framework for its K-12 schools after a vote from the State Board of Education on Wednesday.
After multiple revisions and years of development, the board unanimously passed the 2023 Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools which seeks to renew the state’s “commitment to ensuring equity and excellence in math learning for all students.”
“This framework provides strategies to challenge, engage, and support all students in deep and relevant math learning by building on successful approaches used in nations that produce high and equitable achievement in math,” State Board President Linda Darling-Hammond said in a statement.
She added, “It also draws on the experiences of educators who have worked for a decade to develop successful strategies for teaching California’s rigorous standards, carrying those lessons to others across the state. This framework provides teachers and schools with a path to greater excellence with greater equity.”
The 1000-page document, which has seen three revisions and two public hearings, aims to “structure the teaching of the state’s math standards around ‘big ideas’ that integrate rather than isolate math concepts,” “allow students to ‘see themselves’ in curriculum and in math-related careers by making math instruction culturally relevant and empowering” and “instill confidence in learners by dispelling myths about who can and cannot learn math.”
It adds, “Mathematics educators committed to social justice work provide curricular examples that equip students with a toolkit and mindset to identify and combat inequities with mathematics.”
Und was heißt das nun?
“The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so,” a document for the “Equitable Math” toolkit read. “Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuate objectivity as well as fear of open conflict.”
At the time, the reforming of mathematics received intense backlash. In December 2021, hundreds of science and math professors signed a letter of “open concern” regarding the change.
“Subjecting the children of our largest state to such an experiment is the height of irresponsibility,” the letter said.
Heißt im Klartext nichts anderes, als dass in Mathe künftig auch falsche Antworten mit guten Noten bewertet werden.
Man muss aber auch die Vorteile sehen. Mit alternativen und kreativen Rechenwegen eröffnen sich gänzliche neue Möglichkeiten, Frauenquoten und Lohngleichheiten nachzuweisen. Gibt ja kein „falsch“ und „richtig“ mehr.