Everyone put away your books and pull out a sheet of paper and a pencil for a pop quiz, here we go:
A. If math were a color, it would be --, because --.
B. If it were a food, it would be --, because --.
C. If it were weather, it would be --, because --.
No, Pennsylvania’s touchy-feely Outcomes Based Education of some 15 year ago is not back, but it might as well be. Welcome to "Everyday Math" marketed as a "University of Chicago" program.
Michelle Malkin describes one frustrated teacher’s comments: "The curriculum's failure was undeniable: Not one of my students knew his or her times tables, and few had mastered even the most basic operations; knowledge of multiplication and division was abysmal. . . . what would you do, if you discovered that none of your fourth-graders could correctly tell you the answer to four times eight?"
Math is a pure science; the roots of a quadratic equation are constant and absolute, anywhere in the universe, regardless of the space – time dimension. As such, math represents absolute truths, which is an abhorrent concept to those who subscribe to relativism.
Hence, we see efforts to make math “relative” to “feelings”, and efforts like these will continue as long as there are relativists in academia insisting that there are no absolute truths.