公開書簡で, 教育者は、 “目が覚めた” movement would actually worsen the problem of inequality because it would reduce access to foundational education.
“これはダミングダウンです,” Smith said of the movement. “If you’re creating a form of education specifically for one group of kids because they can’t learn like everybody else, that’s just another iteration of the soft bigotry of low expectations.”
“The soft bigotry of low expectations,” a phrase coined in 2003 by former President George W. ブッシュ, highlights a form of educational bias 人種に基づく: It is the expectation of less from disadvantaged individuals, which critics say discourages people from reaching their full potential.
Smith explained on “狐 & 友達” that math education can be racist if you subscribe to “目が覚めた” ideals.
“It can be racist if you abide by this new movement on the quote unquote woke left that says that reason and rationality and even a scientific method itself are inherently White, and therefore racist to expect from Black students.”
Proponents of the curriculum argue that it makes math education more inclusive.
“I think it’s more separatism. I think it’s more segregation, and I think it’s unnecessary,” Smith told Fox News’ エインズリー・イアーハート.
“Regressing into stereotypes to teach certain groups of people is going backwards culturally.”