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The Ford government has quietly deleted a section of the Grade 9 math curriculum that said math was subjective and racist and requires a decolonial approach in how it is taught. News of the radical language in the curriculum was first reported by the Sun on Saturday. At the time, the government defended the language that appeared in the preamble to the revised curriculum. But by late Tuesday, it had been removed. A government official confirmed on background that the deletion had been made at the request of Education Minister Stephen Lecce. The Ford government unveiled its new math curriculum on June 9. Part of the impetus was getting rid of the old method of academic streaming which too often saw black students directed towards applied math instead of the academic stream. A government official said that the language found in the preamble, which informs how teachers should present a subject, went too far. “Mathematics has been used to normalize racism and marginalization of non-Eurocentric mathematical knowledges, and a decolonial, anti-racist approach to mathematics education makes visible its historical roots and social constructions,” the curriculum stated.

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