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Episode 114: California's Math Wars Heat Up, And A Bit More On Medievalist Twitter's Never-Ending Drama

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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.

Katie feels misled about an online fundraising effort, Jesse follows up on the medievalist Twitter drama, Katie talks about how the West is imposing its understanding of LGTBQ identity on indigeneous cultures, and Jesse explains the latest blow-by-blow in California’s so-called Math Wars. To discuss this episode with other premium subscribers, click here.

Show notes/Links:

WaPo on ISAS/MRO: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/09/19/its-all-white-people-allegations-white-supremacy-are-tearing-apart-prestigious-medieval-studies-group/

Stop LGBTQ colonizing!: https://www.newsweek.com/stop-imposing-western-lgbtq-identities-non-western-cultures-its-gender-colonialism-opinion-1705785

Ruderman White Paper: https://rudermanfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/MediaStudy-PoliceDisability_final-final.pdf

Response: https://docs.google.com/document/d/117eoVeJVP594L6-1bgL8zpZrzgojfsveJwcWuHpkNcs

Jesse’s copy if anything happens to it: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Xn3wLng7ssddxSbN0HGzexx9Mem0duxecK0_pONhKeM/

California’s math wars: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/California-math-wars-get-ugly-Accusations-of-17060072.php

Katie on the tracking controversy: https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2019/12/04/42169178/the-battle-over-seattle-public-schools-gifted-progams-heats-up

YouCubed: https://www.youcubed.org/

“In fact, Moser’s study shows us that we don’t even have to be aware we have made a mistake for brain sparks to occur”: https://www.youcubed.org/evidence/mistakes-grow-brain/

Except no: https://problemproblems.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/youcubed-is-sloppy-about-research/

Retweet Rachel:

Local coverage: https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Stanford-professor-Karen-speaks-out-17064784.php?IPID=SFGate-HP-CP-Spotlight

Boaler apology:

Contract details:

More evidence of shoddy research: https://notepad.michaelpershan.com/youcubed-is-more-than-just-sloppy-about-research/

And more: https://notepad.michaelpershan.com/more-youcubed-research-that-is-difficult-to-explain/

Image: 05 April 2022, Bavaria, Nuremberg: A group of figures from the Bolzano high altar retable by Hans von Judenburg (Coronation of the Virgin Mary - c. 1422/25) is on display at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in the exhibition "The Middle Ages. The Art of the 15th Century. Preview." Filigree structures, fine facial features, bright colors - the Middle Ages produced many brilliant works of art. The Germanisches Nationalmuseum sheds light on the background. The exhibition runs from April 7 to October 1, 2023. Photo: Daniel Karmann/dpa (Photo by Daniel Karmann/picture alliance via Getty Images)