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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Court Rules For Fuzzy Math, Against Parents

The fact that the top performers in math are almost entirely boys really irritates the feminists, who try to pretend there are no intellectual differences between boys and girls. But year after year, the top scores on any competitive math exam in high school or college continue to be overwhelmingly male. Fewer than 1% of the Putnam Fellows, an honor given to the top five students on the annual college math competition, have been female. Similar disparities exist at the top levels of high school math. Girls do better than boys in verbal subjects and tests, but that is no consolation to feminists who believe the false dogma that there are absolutely no gender differences.

Some schools have kowtowed to the feminists by introducing something called fuzzy math. That consists of teaching students to explain different ways to solve problems without actually doing the computations necessary to solve them. Fuzzy math twists math into something less numeric and more verbal. It is a device to fuzzy-up the math differences between boys and girls.

When a school board in liberal Seattle considered imposing fuzzy math on local students, parents organized to stop it. They used the famous Wendy commercial that quipped, "Where's the beef?" and organized a statewide grassroots movement using the slogan "Where's the math?" Their email list grew to 1600 parents who want real math taught in school. Despite the outrage of parents, the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors voted 4-to-3 to impose fuzzy math. Armed with math experts, the parents sued and won in the lower court. The trial judge stated that the decision to impose fuzzy math was arbitrary and unreasonable. But the school appealed, and this year a Washington State Court of Appeals reversed that decision and reinstated the fuzzy math curriculum.

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