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$1M federal grant to train 24 teachers of ‘social justice’ math/science

“Social justice” is the new Marxism of the Left.

The supposed meaning of the term is that all people should have equal access to wealth, health, wellbeing, justice and opportunity:

  • According to Investopedia, the term “is broadly associated with the political left, and in the U.S. its advocates are mainly found in the Democratic party, particularly in the party’s self-identified progressive and socialist wings.”
  • According to the Heritage Foundation, “Originally a Catholic term, first used about 1840 for a new kind of virtue (or habit) necessary for post-agrarian societies, the term has been bent by secular ‘progressive’ thinkers to mean uniform state distribution of society’s advantages and disadvantages.”
  • Stripped of its utopian gobbledygook, the best and most succinct definition of “social justice” is Urban Dictionary‘s: “A euphemism for an economic mugging by political force.

Whatever the definition, “social justice” is a normative term; it’s about values — what is just or unjust.

Mathematics and science, in contrast, are not about values; neither is about just or unjust, good or bad. The American Heritage Dictionary defines:

  • Mathematics as “The study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.”
  • Science as “The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of [natural] phenomena.”

In epistemology, “social justice”, “mathematics” and “science” occupy entirely separate and different domains of truths: Social justice is normative; mathematics is analytic; science is empirical. Simply put, there is no such thing as “social justice mathematics” or “social justice science”. 2+2=4 is the same whether one is rich or poor, male or female, white or black. To say otherwise is akin to saying there are “social justice algebra” or “social justice bicycles” or “social justice belly buttons”.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a federal government agency that supports basic research and education in science and engineering, except medicine (which has its own federal agency, the National Institutes of Health).

With an annual budget of $7 billion (fiscal year 2012), the NSF funds approximately 24% of all federally supported basic research conducted by U.S. colleges and universities. In some fields, such as mathematics, computer science, economics, and the social sciences, the NSF is the major source of federal backing.

Alas, having corrupted all other institutions in America, the neo-Marxist disease of “social justice” has infected the National Science Foundation. The NSF has approved a (continuing) grant of $1,009,762 to Drexel University, a private university in Philadelphia, to train 24 undergraduate students to teach “social justice” mathematics and science. By my calculation, that comes to $42,073 taxpayer dollars per student.

The Drexel University project, which began this summer, promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) high school curricula that are “steeped in the context of social justice.” 24 Drexel undergraduate students will be trained to teach “social justice” mathematics and science in Philadelphia’s “high need” middle schools. How these students, upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree, can be compelled to actually teach in “high need” Philadelphia middle schools is not clear.

The following is from the National Science Foundation website:

NSA’s Division of Undergraduate Education
Award Abstract #1758345
Preparing Mathematics and Science Teachers for Middle School
Award Number: 1758345
Award Instrument: Continuing grant
Start Date: June 15, 2018
End Date: May 31, 2023 (Estimated)
Award Amount to Date: $1,009,762.00

The project’s “principal investigator” and “co-investigators” are all Drexel University faculty:

1. Sheila Vaidya, Professor of Education
2. Mary Jo Grdina, Clinical Professor of Education
3. Shari Moskow, Professor of Arts & Science
4. Donald McEachron, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems


Below is the NSF’s gobbledygook jargonese “Abstract” describing the $1.009 million grant:

The project will use recent scientific, mathematical, and educational knowledge to prepare and support the twenty-four pre-service teacher candidates with an emphasis on understanding the culture and life experiences of students in high-need schools. The project intends to promote social justice teaching, which emphasizes connecting science, mathematics, and engineering instruction to students’ personal experiences and culture. This connection can leverage the funds of knowledge that each student brings to learning. Inquiry-based instruction supports this approach as it opens communication among students by establishing a learning community of shared knowledge and experience. Seminars related to mindfulness and developing emotional intelligence will augment the Scholars’ coursework. The latter will be scaffolded to develop the following behaviors: professionalism, growth mindset, commitment to serving all students well, and cultural competency. Essential skills that will be developed through the coursework include understanding students’ cultural communities as a foundation for classroom culture and building strong relationships, taking ownership of student learning and professional growth, setting and maintaining high behavioral expectations, leading rigorous and aligned content instruction, and demonstrating content expertise and pedagogical content knowledge. These essential skills and core competencies will be demonstrated in the context of teaching mathematics and science to middle-grades students in high-need schools. Early experiences consisting of linking content knowledge with appropriate pedagogical and content knowledge with pre-residency and residency experiences are intended to strengthen the Scholars’ content and pedagogical knowledge while supporting first steps into the world of teaching. Rubrics to assess the attainment of the core competencies and essential skills will be used to collect data related to the Scholars’ proficiency in these aspects. It is anticipated that the documentation of project activities and identification of learnings from project implementation will be disseminated to the education community through conference presentations, a project website, and professional publications. The long-term and far-reaching benefits to society of this project are the potential to document and share sustainable approaches, steeped in the context of social-justice, for recruiting and preparing STEM majors to provide success in learning mathematics and science for all middle-grades students in a high-need school district.

The National Science Foundation’s manager of the “social justice math and science” program is Kathleen B. Bergin (kbergin@nsf.gov).

France A. Córdova is the director of the National Science Foundation, appointed by Barack Obama. Please ask President Trump @realDonaldTrump to fire her and appoint another.

H/t Washington Free Beacon


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Drexel University professor: 'All I want for Christmas is white genocide'

This is a follow-up on DCG’s post of December 27, 2016, “Drexel professor draws ire after posting ‘White Genocide’ tweet on Christmas“.
George Ciccariello-Maher, 38, is an Associate Professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.
Ciccariello-Maher is also a Marxist, cop-hater, and anti-white racist, known for his tweet on Christmas Eve 2016 calling for a white genocide:

According to Wikipedia, the next day, Drexel University issued a public statement distancing itself from Ciccariello-Maher’s tweet:

“Drexel became aware today of Associate Professor George Ciccariello-Maher’s inflammatory tweet, which was posted on his personal Twitter account on Dec. 24, 2016. While the University recognizes the right of its faculty to freely express their thoughts and opinions in public debate, Professor Ciccariello-Maher’s comments are utterly reprehensible, deeply disturbing, and do not in any way reflect the values of the University.
The University is taking this situation very seriously. We contacted Ciccariello-Maher today to arrange a meeting to discuss this matter in detail.”

Ciccariello responded by denying he was calling for white genocide because white genocide is “an imaginary concept” that was “invented by white supremacists”. He then upbraided his university for taking the side of and “caving to” the white supremacist movement, which he maintains “is on the rise” and must be fought “by any means”.
Since his 2016 Christmas Eve tweet, Ciccariello has continued his inflammatory tweets that are replete with “shit” and “fuck” obscenities, like this recent tweet, which received 67 likes:

On November 18, 2017, Ciccariello-Maher tweeted “I’m a communist”, which received 1,392 likes:

Inside Higher Education reports that on February 2, 2017, Drexel University provost M. Brian Blake sent Ciccariello-Mayer a “cautionary letter” about his social media activity after his “white genocide” tweet, and expressed concerns about two other tweets going back to 2015, including a tweet saying “Off the Pigs,” which Blake said “many interpreted as your advocating for the murder of police officers.”
On April 3, 2017, Provost Blake informed Ciccariello-Maher that his Twitter “behavior has left me with no choice but to ensure that an appropriate review is conducted in order to deal with this serious distraction to the important academic mission of the university” and that the university, in consultation with Faculty Senate, will convene “a special committee of inquiry to investigate your conduct and provide findings and recommendations to me concerning your extremely damaging conduct.”
If George Ciccariello-Maher had called for black genocide, Drexell University would have fired him long ago. But it’s now open season on white people.
Tell Drexel University there should be no place in academe for a racist like Associate Professor George Ciccariello-Maher:

Dr. Brian Blake
Provost & Executive VP for Academic Affairs
Phone: 215.895.2200
Email: mb3545@drexel.edu

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Update (Dec. 29, 2017):

This sorry excuse of a professor announced he’s resigning from Drexel University. He blames “right-wing, white supremacist media outlets and internet mobs” that allegedly harassed him for nearly a year. (FoxNews)

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Drexel law prof. blasts 'outdated,' Second Amendment

This man is a PROFESSOR. Our future generations are doomed with instructors like this.

The nutty professor...

The nutty professor…

Via Campus Reform: The Second Amendment is “outdated, a threat to liberty, and a suicide pact” and should be repealed immediately, according to a Drexel University law professor.
In a recent Rolling Stone op-ed, Drexel University Associate Professor of Law David S. Cohen, who is an expert in topics such as sex discrimination, abortion, and LGBT issues as well as a board member of the Women’s Law Project and Abortion Care Network, claims that he only reveres the Constitution when it is “used to further social justice” and make the country more inclusive.
 “There is absolutely nothing permanently sacrosanct about the Founders and the Constitution,” he writes. “They were deeply flawed people, it was and is a flawed document.”
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He teaches a Constitutional Law class that Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law requires its law students to take in order to obtain their J.D.
“Just think of what would have happened in the Orlando night-club Saturday night if there had been many others armed,” Cohen says in reference to the Orlando nightclub shooting Saturday night that claimed the lives of 49 people. “The death toll could have been much higher if more people were armed.”
He goes on to assert that the Second Amendment must be repealed and that it “is wrong for this country and needs to be jettisoned.” He also calls the National Rifle Association (NRA) an “organization that is nothing more than the political wing of the country’s gun manufacturers.”
Cohen has written several other pieces for Rolling Stone as well as Slate, where in one article, he refers to the now late Justice Antonin Scalia as “our favorite arch-nemesis.”
He maintains an active Twitter account, which features a number of retweets regarding conservatives, the GOP and Donald Trump.

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