Sex Changes and Seattle Math

Grind for October 30th
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
– Winston Churchill

Not Fair

The Headline

Father heartbroken as jury sides with ex-wife who believes her son is a girl

The Grind

Life as normal ended this week for 7-year-old James Georgulas when a jury voted 11-12 against his father, who sought sole custody of his son to avoid a plan to change the child’s gender.

The sex change will be facilitated by the boy’s mother, Dr. Anne Georgulas, who believes her son wants to be a girl named Luna.

The battle between Georgulas and her ex-husband Jeffery Younger came to a head last year when Georgulas threatened Younger with a child abuse charge based on his refusal to accept their son as “transgender.”

In her original filing, Georgulas demanded Younger refer to his son as “Luna” and keep him away from any person who would not confirm the child’s female identity. She also demanded he pay for a therapist, who confirmed James’s identity as transgender and recommended hormonal treatments starting at age 8.

The court ruling grants full custody of James to his mother and blocks Younger from sharing any biological or faith-based information on sexuality with his son.

The Details

Younger, who is devastated by the ruling, says James acts like a normal 7-year-old boy at his house and refuses to wear girls’ clothing. Witnesses support his statements.

“I want you to imagine having electronic communication with your son on FaceTime, and imagine that your ex-wife has dressed him as a drag queen to talk to you,” says Younger. “He has false eyelashes and makeup. His hair has got glitter in it. He’s wearing a dress.”

Younger claims his ex-wife only gave James affection when he dressed like a girl. At night, she locked him in his room and told him that monsters only eat boys.

“Now imagine how you would feel seeing what I believe is actually sexual abuse,” continues Younger. “I believe this is not just emotional abuse but is the very, most fundamental form of sexual abuse, tampering with the sexual identity of a vulnerable boy.”

The Takeaway

Whether or not you believe in gender dysphoria, it seems obvious to some that James does not wish to become a female.

In fact, many claim James began acting like a girl after watching Disney’s Frozen, and is likely focused on playing dress-up at his mom’s house to escape the reality of his parent’s divorce.

Are You Serious?

The Headline

In Seattle, being liberal is more important than learning basic math

The Grind

The Seattle school district has proposed a controversial framework for K-12 math classes that asks students to debate ethnic-studies questions.

The goal? To “re-humanize mathematics through experiential learning.”

Seattle’s proposal portrays math as something that was appropriated by Western culture from people of color and used in systems of power and oppression.

Discussion topics include:

— How has math been used to oppress and marginalize people of color?

— Who really holds the power in a math classroom?

— How has math been used to free people from oppression?

— How do standardized testing systems marginalize people of color?

— How can math be used to promote resistance and liberation?

The proposal is part of a nationwide effort to incorporate ethnic studies into other subjects. If all goes according to plan, Seattle’s ethnic studies team will have similar frameworks for all subjects submitted to the board for review by June.

“Seattle is definitely on the forefront with this,” says Robert Q. Berry III, President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. “What they’re doing follows the line of work we hope we can move forward as we think about the history of math and who contributes to that, and also about deepening students’ connection with identity and agency.”

The Details

Critics argue the addition of progressive assumptions about cultural appropriation will exacerbate racial tension in the classroom and make math more difficult.

“We all want students of color to be included, believe they can learn math, and see themselves as mathematicians,” says a math teacher who preferred to remain anonymous. “But you don’t need to talk about liberation and oppression and how Western mathematics has somehow taken over. It just turns people off and makes the goal of being inclusive that much tougher.”

“Did you realize when you subtracted one number from another that you were disenfranchising people by using Western math?” jokes Seattle radio host Dori Monson.

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