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2 + 2

Have you read the book 1984 by George Orwell? I read it as a teenager, it was a disturbing read. It should be required reading by all.

The people of an oppressive superstate are made to engage in double-think, where their own conscience is replaced with beliefs imposed on them from above.

Winstone, the protagonist, wants the freedom to say that 2 + 2 = 4. But the state says otherwise, tortures him for thought-crime and his individuality is demolished.

2 + 2 becomes 5. “Ignorance is strength.”

Which brings me to Seattle. Seattle has made maths a social justice issue and is going to teach children that maths is oppressive! I thought it was satire when I first heard it but sadly it is true.

I know people don’t like maths – but what the ??? is going on in Seattle!  Something’s not adding up, literally.

Seattle Public Schools Will Start Teaching That Math Is Oppressive

Seattle Public Schools Want to Teach Social Justice in Math Class. That Hurts Minorities.