…No, this isn’t a rightwing nutjob nightmare – it’s reality…
This worksheet is sold by Scholastic Corporation to teach 5th graders math. Scholastic Corporation is one of the worlds largest book publishing companies and is a major supplier of educational materials for schools, and is deeply involved with the nationalization of education effort called the Common Core Standards.
In this worksheet we can clearly see students practicing something called the Distributive Property, which makes numbers easier to work with by separating or breaking equations into parts (I think- I’m not a math guy).
It DOES NOT mean to ‘distribute the wealth’. In fact, the example on the worksheet of the girl distributing the wealth does not really seem to in any way at all apply to a mathematical concept in which you multiply a sum by multiplying each addend separately and then add the products. The girl is not multiplying anything, is not separating anything, and is not adding anything. All we see in the picture is a girl who is passing out money out of a bag, and the caption ‘distribute the wealth’ implies that the money that she is handing out to other people was taken from someone else who earned it. This DOES NOT demonstrate the Distributive Property.
So why is a major educational company who is designing curriculum for the entire nation putting irrelevant pictures such as these on worksheets in math? One can only speculate, of course, behind the motivations of this company, but from my own experience I would suggest it is to make young children more comfortable with tyranny and dictatorship and teach them to become intellectually comfortable with violating liberty and property rights in the name of some sort of arbitrary moral standard.
Check your kids math books and English books and let me know if any of you can find similar indoctrination attempts by the fascist left in our nation hidden in unrelated and important educational materials. I bet you can find some!
Original Post: A Conservative Teacher