Action Alert for May 19th: Save Math Education in California from a Critical Race to the Bottom!

Please be alerted that California’s Instructional Quality Commissions (IQC) will meet tomorrow (05/19) for a public hearing on the Draft 2021 California Mathematics Framework. Following the trend of the controversial Ethnic Studies Model Framework, the new math framework engages a narrow political agenda of dismantling racism and white supremacy in math education, which is masqueraded as equity. In addition to the “equity” component, the draft framework also contains a dangerous anti-merit component, proposing eliminating or phasing out multiple advanced tracks and ability grouping. According to CFER Advisor Dr. Willamson M. Evers, “it writes an obituary for gifted-and-talented programs, which would hobble the rise of many talented children in California.” In other words, the new framework particularly threatens opportunities for disadvantaged students to achieve academic excellence!

Please call IQC to voice your concerns on the problematic framework that intends to turn math education from an objective discipline to a political tool! Please follow the instruction below to participate:

  • Call (712) 770-4993 (Access code: 5906620) after 10am Pacific Time. You can watch the livestream of the hearing here and properly time your call. 
  • Patiently wait in the telephone queue for your turn. When it is your chance to speak, simply state your name, city (if it is in California), your organizational affiliation (if any)/ your profession (if related to education) and a summary of your position. Please feel free to use one of the following talking points.

Suggested Talking Points:

  • California’s Draft Math Framework is a giant step backwards to unlawful racial discrimination and anti-merit indoctrination. It submerges excellence and opportunities under political activism. 
  • Don’t subject our deserving and hardworking students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to unscientific and biased math training.
  • California students, grades K through 12, deserve balanced, rigorous and objective math education. Don’t turn math into an ideological battleground.
  • Talented students from poorer backgrounds don’t have resources to walk away from public education. But they are entitled to a quality math education that meet their academic needs and match their individual capabilities. 
  • Higher math requirements, according to reputable research, lead to better student outcomes. Lowering math standards is irresponsible to our students. especially those from poorer backgrounds.

About Californians for Equal Rights Foundation (CFER): We are a non-partisan and non-profit organization established following the defeat of Proposition 16 in 2020, with a mission to defend and raise public awareness on the cause of equal rights through public education, civic engagement and community outreach. In 1996, California became the first U.S. state to amend its constitution by passing Proposition 209 to ban racial discrimination and preferences. Prop. 209 requires that “the state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” CFER is dedicated to educating the public on this important constitutional principle of equal treatment.

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