A Maryland University workshop for math teachers demonstrates how to incorporate LGBTQ+ ideology through mathematics, allegedly in violation of the Code of Maryland Regulations.
Towson University’s Center for STEM Excellence describes the Math4SocialJustice (Math4SJ) workshop as a “professional learning workshop that prepares participating teachers to engage their students in social justice issues through four student-centered lessons that focus on topics including politics, identity, and community. Over the course of five sessions, participants will engage in these lessons as learners, share ideas with colleagues, and reflect on their own learning. Participants will leave the workshop with increased confidence in incorporating social justice issues into their classroom curriculum.”
The workshop is available to math teachers in Maryland who teach 6th-9th grade math and participants receive a $150 stipend, according to the Math4Justice Flyer.
Maryland Lieutenant GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Gordona Schifanelli asserts that the workshop violated the Code of Maryland Regulations.
COMAR section 2.e.i states that “The local school system shall establish policies, guidelines, and/or procedures for student opt-out regarding instruction related to family life and human sexuality objectives.”
COMAR section 2.g states that “When teaching concepts and skills related to family life and human sexuality, in addition to general teacher preparation, teachers are required to have additional preparation in content and teaching methods of such depth and duration as to be appropriate for the material taught. The additional preparation may be provided by college courses, local in-service programs, and/or State workshops.”
“In short – Maryland Health Curriculum has moved into Math and you cannot opt out of math,” Schifanelli put out on her twitter account. “Dumbing down of our children continues.”
The workshop’s goal is to “Adapt Math Tasks to Be More Inclusive of the LGBTQ+ Community,” according to one of the assignments.