It’s said that misery loves company.

Perhaps that’s one reason a group of gloomy, radical teachers is trying so hard to poison the minds of the nation’s K-12 students with their anti-American, anti-free market ideas.

They’re miserable living in “the land of the free,” and want others to share their pain.

The educators are part of Rethinking Schools, an organization that’s been sneaking left-wing “social justice” lessons into America’s K-12 classrooms for nearly three decades.

The group’s latest effort to indoctrinate the nation’s youth is a 286-page book aimed at teachers, titled “Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers.” The book is a mix of math lesson plans and essays from activist educators who explain how they’ve used their classrooms to advance a progressive political philosophy.

Two main themes emerge from the pages of “Rethinking Mathematics.”

The first is that the U.S. is a hopelessly racist country that routinely oppresses “people of color.”

This message is conveyed through lessons and essays about racial profiling, environmental racism, unfair mortgage lending practices of Big Banks, the “overabundance of liquor stores” in minority communities, and slave-owning U.S. presidents.

The book’s other major theme is that capitalism’s unequal distribution of wealth is the root cause of the world’s suffering. Students learn to despise free market economics in lessons about third-world sweatshops, “living wage” laws, the earnings of fast food workers and restaurant CEOs, and the “hidden” costs of meat production.


As the “Rethinking” teachers demonstrate, the math concepts of ratios, averages, percentages, bar graphs, density and geometric formulas are very useful when training kids to see the world in their preferred categories of “haves” and “have nots.”


The ideas contained in “Rethinking Mathematics” are based on the principles popularized by Paulo Freire, the late South American radical educator.

Freire believed the purpose of education is to help students understand the historical and political forces at work in the world. He referred to this as “reading the world.”

According to Freire’s theory, students must understand how the world’s systems work to oppress the masses before they can reform those systems.


Eric (Rico) Gutstein–a “Rethinking” editor and occasional public school teacher–recounts how his students reacted to a lesson about the math (and perceived subtle racism) behind mapmaking.

After a class discussion about the Mercator map–which, for various and legitimate reasons, distorts the size of the continents–one student had an epiphany about why the map is so popular in schools.

“I guess that’s because they wanted to teach (that) all Americans (are) superior and that all whites are better and superior than us (brown or lightly toasted, hardly white and Mexican),” wrote Elena, in a reflective essay. “We were always taught that we were a minority and didn’t deserve anything.”

Another student, Marisol, said the Mercator map lesson “makes me think what other wrong information we have been given since childhood. It makes you doubt your social studies book, history written by the white people.”

Talk about literally “reading the world” in a left-wing way.

In a chapter titled, “Whose Community Is This?” Gutstein discusses a lesson he taught high school seniors about Big Banks, subprime mortgages and minority communities.

After the lesson was over, one student concluded “black and brown” communities need to set aside their differences and “unite” to “fight the bigger people out there.”


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  • JohnEngelman

    A problem with combining left wing politics with mathematics is that most blacks and many Hispanics cannot learn algebra. They will have to be taught how bad whites are with illustrations drawn from simple arithmetic.

    • Oil Can Harry

      And as evidence of racism they cite the “overabundance of liquor stores in minority communities”.

      What they don’t mention is that these liquor stores (and drug dealers) couldn’t stay in business without their plentiful black and brown customers.

      • JohnEngelman

        Another thing they don’t mention is that chain grocery and drug stores do not want to locate in black neighborhoods because of the crime problem.

        • Many of those neighborhoods once had chain grocery stores, which the local residents proceeded to burn down during the race riots of the 1960s.

          • JohnEngelman

            When American and foreign companies build factories in the United States they build them away from back neighborhoods. This is not because of irrational color prejudice. It is because they know because of abundant evidence that blacks tend to be unreliable employees who cause discipline problems.

          • The presence of black criminals also causes insurance rates to skyrocket and young professionals to stay away.

            If you and I decided to set up a factory somewhere, we would want valuable employees to stick around.

          • JohnEngelman

            When blacks take over the downtown area of a city companies move their office buildings to the suburbs. This is not because of irrational color prejudice. It is because employees begin to get mugged and robbed at gunpoint walking to their cars after work, standing at bus stops and waiting at light rail stations.

            It is unfortunate that it is dangerous in most milieu to state this publicly, but most people realize it is true.

            Liberals like to pretend that the race problem will disappear as soon as whites treat blacks decently. We will treat them decently as soon as most of them begin to behave and perform as well as most of us do.

            Until that happens most Americans of all races will treat young black men they do not know with apprehension, and for good reason.

    • jane johnson

      But, man, can they multiply.

  • Puggg

    What does this have to do with teaching math? Will social justice really help 12th grade blacks and Hispanics learn their math lessons, i.e. the multiplication tables?

    8 x 9 = white racist honkey

    • JohnEngelman

      They should have learned the multiplication tables by the sixth grade.

    • Sick of it

      Silly pug, 8 x 9 = 72 racist white honkeys

  • Creepy as crackers!

    I guess this is the new math my kids have told me about.

    • “New Math”

      Learn to count in Ebonics

      One MF, two MF, three MF, four MF….

  • I say let those minority teachers teach their own kids their way. Us white folk should not interfere until that garbage makes its way into white schools. If it does, you go after the careers of those responsible, Mike Nifong style.

  • While I was locked up, I worked out a method to produce arbitrarily large prime numbers. No reason, except boredom. I imagine this might be useful in electronic cryptography.

    The Mercator map is liked not because it unfairly enlarges white nations, but because it allows easy navigation at sea on a constant course. There is simply no way to represent a spherical object on a flat surface with complete accuracy. In high school, I used to play “Traveller” a lot, and still think the icosahedral Dymaxion representation of planetary surfaces is quite useful.

    • Sick of it

      Ever play GURPS, Rifts, or D&D?

      • Romulus


        • Sick of it

          Nice. I’ve been in regular games off and on for years.

      • GURPS and D&D, and before GURPS “The Fantasy Trip” also by Steve Jackson when he was working for Metagaming.

      • Nathanwartooth

        I ran a 4th edition D&D campaign over the summer. Really loved the combat. Using a grid makes it like a turn based tactical RPG. Good fun. Being a DM has never been easier.

        • Never played 4th. Sayaka and I both like 3rd edition online as “Neverwinter Nights One”. NWN 2 is a bit too much like Baldur’s Gate for my taste: instead of a decent picture of a piece of equipment, you get a little icon again.

          I used to run Traveller using a cross between “Snapshot” and “Striker” rules. The campaign ran from 1981 to 1990. The Fifth Frontier War was finally getting interesting when the players started dropping out because of work.

    • jane johnson

      You’re a man of many talents. Btw, I saw Sayaka(?)’s photo; she’s lovely.

    • MekongDelta69

      I come here to relax and you go all Ehresmann, Frobenius, Hopf, and Whitney on us.

      All I wanted to find out is how much is a fo’ty and a box of Newports…

    • Romulus

      Wow!! That was quite a mouthful. I haven’t heard those words since I was in school. Bravo Michael!

  • Spartacus

    “Eric (Rico) Gutstein–a “Rethinking” editor and occasional public school
    teacher–recounts how his students reacted to a lesson about the math
    (and perceived subtle racism) behind mapmaking.”


    Is there any anti-white movement that doesn’t have jews pulling the string from behind ?

  • libertarian1234

    “Book Shows Radical Teachers How to Mix Traditional Math with ‘Social Justice’ Political Lessons”

    How else can the black population move forward in society if they don’t do so via trickery, scams, whining and threats of violence?

    They certainly can’t do it on their own abilities.

  • Truthseeker

    “No, no. There’s no anti-white agenda. How could anyone believe something so silly? We’re just preaching justice! Justice! Who could argue against that?

    “What is justice, you ask? Well, justice means everyone has an equal amount! Good and fair, isn’t it?

    “Worked harder? Smarter? See, that’s the problem with capitalism. It causes an unequal distribution of money under the pretext of meritocracy. You know as well as I do that blacks and browns are just as competent as whites, but they’re excluded from the system due to institutional racism! I mean, it’s plainly obvious! How can you deny it? What other explanation could there be?

    “Genetic differences? Don’t confuse me with this fiddle-faddle! Clearly the white man has more than everyone else, and therefore, because we were all born equal, he must have stolen it!

    “Oh, you’re going to go there now? You’re going to claim that independent nations run by blacks and browns are third-world hellholes with rampant crime and corruption and say it’s some sort of ‘proof’ that these people are genetically inclined not to succeed in an industrial society? Really? That’s just racist! You see, this is exactly what I’m talking about. You whites can’t accept the fact that you were born with privilege, and you just don’t care about the people you’ve oppressed! You’ve got to be stopped!

    “No! I’ll say it again! There is no anti-white agenda!

  • Spartacus

    “After the lesson was over, one student concluded “black and brown”
    communities need to set aside their differences and “unite” to “fight
    the bigger people out there.”


    At least the little vermin admit who the “bigger people” are .

    • bigone4u

      Yes, but was the little vermin thinking of Whites, Christians, or Jews?

      • Xerxes22

        Eric Gutstein doesn’t realize it but his pets can’t distinguish brtween the two. That’s why people like Eric Gutstein will be among the first fatalities in a race war.

  • Rhialto

    This is just one more example of the obvious fact that Liberals control most schooling in the United States. The Liberal’s goal is Liberal indoctrination; education is much less of a priority.

  • Daniel Schmuhl

    Public schools already teach kids kids to worship the regulatory and welfare state. In history class we learned that before labor unions and progressive regulation things were terrible for the common man. The reality of course is that the economy was booming and living standards were rising at an unprecedented rate before labor unions and progressive politics.

    • Nathanwartooth

      Unions are not needed when there are labor shortages. The companies will freely offer competitive wages and benefits just to get workers inside their businesses.

      Supply and demand is such a simple concept with far reaching conclusions.

      Education is like the opposite of Occam’s razor now. Instead of searching for the simplest solution, they search for the most convoluted and complex answers. Like “all Blacks in all countries around the world are violent and failures because Whites are racist”.

  • kjh64

    ” “We were always taught that we were a minority and didn’t deserve anything.””

    Since when????? You were always taught that because you were a minority, that you deserved everything.

    • Nathanwartooth

      But that’s not really what happened. What happened was the teacher told them that Whites said that or think that.

  • e2657383

    Ok, so the USA is the most racial and oppressive state on the planet. So all complaining immigrants are free to go to their homelands.



    • bigone4u

      Your suggestion seems logical, but the hidden agenda is not to achieve happiness among minorities, but to exterminate whiteness. So, we know they’re gonna stay until they exterminate us or we fight back.

  • Evette Coutier

    Black math story problem. What do ten black thugs in hoodies do when they see one white kid walking alone. Answer, they jump him from behind and pound him into the ground. This is the math of social justice.

  • Eric (Rico) Gutstein ….. recounts how his students reacted to a lesson about the math (and perceived subtle racism) behind mapmaking.

    Maybe Rico needs to teach a chapter on gerrymandering and the insanely shaped districts that result for the sole purpose of obtaining black and brown congressional districts.

    • jane johnson

      I’d give you 2 ups for that, if I could. That particular cartography is how nematodes like Hank “Guam-tipper” Johnson and Corrine “God wants us to have food stamps” Brown keep their congressional seats, year after year.

      • Nathanwartooth

        The new line that the liberals are spewing is that gerrymandering is only used by evil conservatives to stay in power.

        I have a friend who is a liberal and I don’t even need to keep up with the liberal propaganda. He just repeats it for me.

  • bigone4u

    Sample race realist lesson in understanding the number zero:
    When whites are exterminated and only oppressed browns and blacks are left, how big a share of the pie will each of you receive?
    Answer: Zero, because without whites there will be no pie to share.

  • Luca

    Gutstein is from the University of CHICAGO. Another example of an educated, articulated, intelligent Leftist who doesn’t possess one brain cell of reality consciousness.

    • Sick of it

      He knows exactly what he’s doing.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The following test has been making the rounds for years and is known as the “L.A. Math Proficiency Test” or “The LAUSD High School Math Proficiency Exam”:

    Urban Math Test

    Subject: Math Test


    Gang: _________________________

    1. Johnny has an AK-47 with an 80-round clip. If he misses 6 out of 10 shots and shoots 13 times at each drive-by shooting, how many drive-by shootings can he attempt before he has to reload?

    2. Jose has 2 ounces of cocaine and he sells an 8-ball to Jackson for $320 and 2 grams to Billy for $85 per gram. What is the street value of the balance of the cocaine if he doesn’t cut it?

    3. Rufus is pimping for three girls. If the price is $65 for each trick,how many tricks will each girl have to turn so Rufus can pay for his $800-per-day crack habit?

    4. Jarone want to cut his ? pound of heroin to make 20% more profit. How many ounces of cut will he need?

    5. Willie gets $200 for stealing a BMW, $50 for a Chevy, and $100 for a 4X4. If he has stolen 2 BMWs, 3 4X4s, how many Chevies will he have to steal to make $800?

    6. Raoul is in prison for 6 years for murder. He got $10,000 for the hit. If his common law wife is spending $100 per month, how much money will be left when he gets out of prison and how many years will he get for killing the bitch that spent his money?

    7. If the average spray can covers 22 square feet and the average letter is 3 square feet, how many letters can a tagger spray with 3 cans of paint?

    8. Hector knocked up 6 girls in his gang. There are 27 girls in the gang. What percentage of the girls in the gang has Hector knocked up?

    9. Thelma can cook dinner for her 16 children for $7.50 per night. She gets $234 a month welfare for each child. If her $325 per month rent goes up 15%, how many more children should she have to keep up with her expenses?

    10. Salvador was arrested for dealing crack and his bail was set at $25,000. If he pays a bail bondsman 12% and returns to Mexico, how much money will he lose by jumping bail?

    Real teachers have gotten in trouble for using this test as a joke in class, even though it is based on REALITY — and would most likely get better results than what is being used now.


    • bigone4u

      “Teach, deez qeshons beez too hard.”
      Never head of this test. Thanks for sharing.

  • MekongDelta69

    2 + 2 = black power or eleventy one.
    (Your choice)

  • No amount of social justice or cultural context will make you understand a given math lesson if you don’t have the mental ability to understand the kind of abstractions that are advanced math lessons. They want us to think that if they just show in the DifEq textbook that George Washington Carver solved a differential equation in order to make peanut goop (I’m exaggerating here, play along for a minute), this will make every black in Bell Curve City discover his latent talents to solve differential equations. Peanut goop or no peanut goop, if you don’t have the brain chops to solve differential equations, then you’ll never be able to solve one.

    There are plenty of people who look like me who did plenty of neat things after solving differential equations. But that didn’t help me learn how to do so, because I don’t have the ability to solve them, beyond the most rudimentary ones.

  • DelmarJackson

    It is funny how income disparity decreased after limits were placed on immigration in the 1920 and declined steadily until the late 1960s when income disparity began increasing again. I wonder what happened in the middle 1960s?
    Somebody dig up ted kennedy and ask him.

    • Give him a few strokes with an axe-handle while you have him out.

      He later admitted that if he had known what would happen he would still have done it anyway.

  • David Ashton

    A story of almost long-ago from a school where I was teaching English in England (yes, fancy that). We suddenly had orders to multiculturalize the entire curriculum. You can get away with a bit of syllabus conjuring in literature, history and geography, not so easy with the physical sciences or mathematics, but all “subject areas” had to be done over. Our Head of Maths at that time was a gifted and Anglophile Brahmin, who said in some despair that he taught the same things in Britain that he had taught in Uganda and northern India. I said he should simply tell the ignorant half-wits behind the project that he only uses Arabic numerals, the Indian zero and Greek theorems – he went off with a smile.

    Of course, what you really had to was to use foreign names &c – Hussein and Nkosi went shopping for curry and had X euros…. Or Terylene and Abdul were trying to measure the height of a gurdwara in metres… &c.

    Now I suppose it would be Adam and Steve working out the cost of their forthcoming wedding arrangements.

    • IstvanIN

      Measuring in “metres’ should be a problem.

      • David Ashton

        We have been compulsorily decimalized, but still drive on the left.

        • Andy

          Did England object to switching to the decimal system?

          • David Ashton

            Many did and some still do. It started with gradual abolition of £.s.d. which was acceptable because arithmetically convenient to lots of people, and then EU pressures have pushed the rest. The British establishment goes out of its way to accept and enforce such pressures and regulations, which other member-states oppose or just ignore. People still think and act in terms of inches, ounces and pints, especially when it comes to guessing the height of criminals.

          • I use metric for science work, but SAE for everything else.

    • Amilmathiel the elf can kill 20 orcs each times she casts “Isaac’s Greater Missile Storm”. She is completely rested. If she can cast this spell three times each day, and she wastes 30 more with “Greater Ruin”, how many filthy Tolkeinesque cannibal groids can she kark in the first four rounds of a battle?

  • Romulus

    Gutstein??!!! Why am I not surprised! Can someone please provide a list of where and what schools that this is trending!!

  • A Freespeechzone

    So, the point is because it’s taught that Whites oppressed minorities, it’s now time for Whites to be passive and guilted to be oppressed and punished by minorities?

    Screw that…..

  • Our public schools already can’t teach regular basics; jazzing them up with left-wing political spew isn’t going to improve matters. Why not just tell the blacks and browns that they don’t need to learn to read, write or cipher because dat be ol’ skoo’, and the honkeys can always do it for them.

  • I was in middle school from 1978 to 1981, and those names were already standard in word problems, especially “Jose”. The area I grew up in was whiter than Napoleon’s Imperial Guard, but we still had that PC drivel in textbooks.

    • mobilebay

      Boy! You people are really making me feel old. My math problems concerned Jimmy, Johnny and Betty. No matter. I never did find out what happened to those trains coming from opposite directions, one going 65 MPH and the other, 75 MPH. All I could think was, if they are on the same track, young children really didn’t need to know the outcome.

  • David Ashton

    Hang in there.

    The “leftist” project, literally for centuries, has been to abolish the family unit, along with “divisive” concepts of home and homeland, and incrementally make offspring effectively wards of the government, with “sex” being divorced from reproductive responsibility as free “love”. Gender “equality” reduces men and women into units of industrial rather than biological production, with affection and marital fidelity disappearing in the “race, gender, class” warfare, and inevitable spin-offs then being used by the “leftists” to legalize and unionize “sex workers” while simultaneously denouncing the “commodification” of pretty girls in beauty competitions or soft-porn.

    Opposition to this process is not confined to white people, though they are the primary targets and our prime concern.

  • blindsticks

    Thirty years ago Margaret Thatcher invented the term ‘anti racist mathematics.’ No one knew then what she was talking about. Some even laughed at her. But she was implying that the far left were finding allsorts of ways to incorporate their insidious agenda into the classroom. I think at this time there was a big debate going on along the lines of gay lessons in the classroom. On YouTube is an American made documentary called the Loony Left ,in two parts adding up to about thirty minutes. Worth a look just to see just how bad things were in London back I 1983 -when- supposedly- England only had 3% immigrant.
    ‘Anti racist mathematics’. Means something’s not quite adding up. I think.

  • Andy

    A lot of kids will get bored and annoyed at the nonsense, but the lessons schools teach stick.

    When I was in, we did not study the Revolutionary War until fifth grade. We studied slavery and the Civil Rights Movement every year starting in first grade. We did a nice long unit on the wonders of immigration in third grade, and a longer one on the wondrous Native Americans the next year. We read stories on Ruby Bridges, the Trail of Tears, escaping slaves (a biography of Harriet Tubman and the ill-conceived Freedom Crossing come to mind), and poor Sadako who was dying of cancer because of the evil white men. Every story emphasized to us how bad white people were. History was a list of white men’s evils, literature was full of made-up stories of multicultural crews outwitting the dim, evil white man and white children gaining redemption by open-mindedly befriending non-white children; guidance was explicit lessons on how everyone was the same but so wonderfully different; and geography showed how every non-white people was glorious and interesting.

    And then there were the passing verbal assaults on those boring, arrogant, selfish “blond-haired, blue-eyed” people, the “so-called white” people, the “old white men” who were ruining our economy.

    I started wishing I wasn’t white in second grade and only really got over it toward the end of high school, if I have even now. My gut still associates white with bad, nonwhite with good, and even though I now feel pleasure at the sight of white communities, large white families, classes full of white children, it is tinged with guilt in a way my enjoyment of depictions of non-white monoethnic societies is not.

    Sorry to babble on. I just wish it were true that the schools’ efforts were ineffective, but they are very effective. My siblings and I, who were raised by conservative parents and are all very bright, have not shaken our childhood lessons (admittedly we are not far out of childhood). Black-good white-bad is an ingrained instinct for much of our generation, and while some get annoyed by it intellectually, most never consider the terrible idea that maybe those evil racists were right.

  • Gunrunner1

    Another indictment of the far Left TWMNBN wreckers. Does anyone think this will produce anything but anti-White rage amongst the stupid negros? Already they hunt us with games like “Polar Bear Hunting and Knock Out King”, this will only add rage and hate to the fire. Of course, that is what it is meant to do. The White race is targeted to be taken down and this is just another layer. The NAR will not have this kind of hate within its borders.

    • “Does anyone think this will produce anything but anti-White rage amongst the stupid negros?”

      Farther infuriating them is entirely the point; improving education is merely an excuse. When it inevitably fails to improve education among the blacks and browns, the lefties will retreat to their trusty fallback position: we just haven’t spent enough money.

  • WR_the_realist

    Yet another reason to home school your children. Public education is now increasingly under control of states and the federal government, with local communities having decreasingly little say. So it’s easy for the radicals to come in with “innovative” ways to propagandize and radicalize your children. After all, the federal government agrees with them.

    The virtue of the Mercator projection is that paths of constant bearing (e.g., NNE) are straight lines. This is useful to navigators. The math there is actually somewhat interesting, but I’m sure it’s not being taught to the darling little children of the diversity. BTW, the continent most exaggerated in size by the Mercator projection is Antarctica. I’m not sure why the white supremacists wanted to do that.

  • Some of the NWN-1 mods I’ve gotten from the Neverwinter Vault are manageable for any character class set. Some of them, like “Throne of Bloodstone” are very difficult for a wizard or other spellcaster, and in that case, you had also better not be lawful good alignment: you’ll just get torn up faster.

    The mod I am currently writing starts out as very similar to Chapter Two of SoUT, but the reason the desert waterhole has dried up is unclear. The problem is an earthquake you already know about. I liberally decorated the canyon wall bottoms with boulders and loose rocks to reinforce the point. What else has happened?

    It isn’t finished.

    • Nathanwartooth

      Sweet let me know when you finish it. I haven’t played NWN in a long time but I would check out the mod you made.

  • Funruffian

    “Freire believed the purpose of education is to help students understand the historical and political forces at work in the world. He referred to this as “reading the world.”

    Really? Reading the world? We do plenty of that here at AMREN. The difference between your methodology and ours is that we don’t read from out of our sub 90 IQ’s like you do.
    We both see the world from two separate prisms. Your pathology is that you see how the world hurts you. We see the problems with crime, stupidity, incompetence, rudeness and the ineptitude caused by social welfare programs and the vehement pogroms aimed at White people.
    We read with our minds. You read with your anuses.
    If we both see how the world has harmed us, then we actually do share a commonality. There’s the extent of my equality for you. That’s all you get.