The bizarre far-left effort to label math curricula in schools as racist is being funded to the tune of hundreds of millions by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
The link is found on the website homepage of the Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction, the group behind the push to label an entire academic subject as racist. The organization consists of 25 different educational organizations, which share the false belief that basic math practices, such as a student finding the right answer and showing how they did their work, are symbolic of “institutionalized racism.”
The Gates Foundation is the only donor listed on the group’s website. The foundation has given over $140 million to some of the groups included in Pathway’s orbit. One such group, the California-based Education Trust, has received $86 million from the Gates Foundation, with the most recent donation being a $3.6 million grant in June of last year. Another group, Teach Plus, was given over $27 million. And WestEd, an alleged “nonprofit” that targets “systemic barriers” in education, has been given over $35 million by the foundation.
Pathway has released multiple guidebooks and other promotional materials pushing their baseless worldview. Their first such “guidebook,” titled “Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instructions,” says that math is “used to uphold capitalist, imperialist, and racist views.” The propaganda even lists certain “goals” that are to be achieved every month, such as “authentic” inclusion of minority students in November, and “dismantling power structures in the classroom” in May.
When asked by the Beacon about the questionable donations, the Gates Foundation declined to comment. The website says that its donations to education are aimed at “supporting schools in their work to improve student outcomes” for minority students.