*Staggering to bear witness. What the heck is the “Distributive Property” of math? Anyone?*

(From Neal Boortz via Weasel Zippers) This really has to be seen to be believed … so the picture is here for you to see. This is a page out of a work book for your government school student. What school and what school book I can’t tell you … maybe the lady who sent this to me will step forward and let us know.

This is how our government schools – and the liberals who run them – effectively brainwash (though indoctrinate is a much more polite word) our children into accepting the liberal philosophy as basic truth. This particular worksheet is meant to help your government student “understand the distributive property.” Now I’m not a dreary slouch at math … but this is the first time in my life I’ve ever heard of the distributive property.

I strongly suspect that pretty much any student can move through school to a very successful life as a productive adult without ever having heard those words.

Really … look at this Bolshoi. “6 groups of (3+5) = 6 groups of 3 + 6 groups of 5” I challenge any government school teacher to call the show today and tell me why this is important. What’s important is that the student be able to figure out what 3+5 equals (8) and that 6×8 = 48.

That, as you have guessed if you’ve looked at the picture, isn’t the real problem here. The problem is HOW this government school document teaches the lesson. The headline at the top of the document reads “Distribute the Wealth.” And there you have the picture of the pretty little girl with the cute little pony tail. She’s holding a bag of money in one hand, and giving away some of that money with the other. Yes! She’s distributing her wealth!

But if you study the picture you’ll see there’s an even more subtle message. She’s not handing money away from her wallet or her purse. No! That wouldn’t get the real message across! Why pretty much every little girl has a wallet or a purse.

No .. this little sweetheart has a BAG of money! Not every little girl has BAGS of money … so this girl must be really RICH! And since she’s rich her money needs to be redistributed! So she’s being a good little rich girl and she’s smiling as she hands her money away. (read more)

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You really haven’t heard of the distributive property? I learned it in school and so did my son. In basic math it’s supposed to make it easier for you to do the math in your head. In Algebra it’s used to gt rid of parentheses.

Never heard of it. Of course, I took old math.

The properties of math were taught in old math. Here ya go: http://www.math.com/school/subject1/lessons/S1U1L13GL.html.

That said, the distributive property as illustrated above is an obvious marxist re-interpretation.

It doesn’t make any sense at all to equate the distributive property to money handling. And it appears that the person who designed this lesson realized it, because they were unable to work it in to any part of the lesson, just the title. Pathetic !

What is that shooting star thing at the top? I’ve seen that before. I swear it’s in some government ad, something like “you should know” or “you need to know”. I’m going to try to find it. Did this lesson come from the government?

OK, according to a commenter to the Boortz article, the lesson came from Scholastic.

http://printables.scholastic.com/printables/detail/?id=27067&query=distribute&N=0&Ntk=printables_minibooks&Ntt=distribute&_fq=fff&No=0&spellcheck=false

Bizarre.

Here’s another good link:

http://teacherexpress.scholastic.com/product-type/distribute-the-wealth-understanding-the-distributive-property-scholastic-success-with-multiplication-grade-5

Are you think of the “The More You Know…” star?

And there is absolutely nothing coincidental about the conflation of the mathematical distributive property with progressive wealth redistribution – yet another reason why we’re homeschooling.

I fail at links lately:

https://www.google.com/search?q=“the+more+you+know”+star&tbm=isch

the shooting star is only reminiscent of NBC ads they started in the late 1980s, offering either a minor social commentary or pointing out a morality. They largely don’t do it anymore, mostly because people who lived through it originally now make fun of it as well as other comedians. The phrase was “the more you know…” with the elipses at the end.

And the distributive property isn’t socialist, at least not in mathematics. However I do find their example and wordplay an abomination. But since the math doesn’t check out, this may all be very bogus only to make something “the distributive property” into nothing, a scam by public schools- especially since no one knows anything about this workbook, could all be the work of photoshop and some idle time. But I also wouldn’t put it past public schools to sneak this in in the first place

It makes perfect sense to me. We have undergone a communist revolution. It is now in the consolidation phase. Any attempts to assert the old constitution are considered counter revolutionary. I don’t know why this is so hard for people to grasp. The elimination and replacement of the Bill of Rights and Stare Decisis is well on down the tracks. I think older folks have an easier time seeing it because they remember what it was like before. There has been fundamental change just like Obama the 1st says. Now it is just a matter of who gets what share of the last of the loot. Just as there are now ammo shortages and gun shortages maybe food and fuel will be next. Who knows. As we older folks die off we will be replaced by fully indoctrinated communists.

” You can not multiply wealth by dividing it”

Adrian Rogers

however simply put you can. If you have 1000$ and you divide it into 500$ & 500$ and you give it to two people and they earn 1000$ each you’ve divided your wealth and multiplied it by 2. But that’s simply put and the world is far from simple.

Minus taxes, the wage for the person doing the dividing, etc. etc. Simply giving to 2 different people for the purpose of multiplying it is investing and you get a return. The other giving is for charity, and that is definitely not what “distribute the wealth” is called.

This new math is just creepy.

new math isn’t even taught anymore, it was a real thing in the 1960s, it lasted for about 10 years, but since nobody liked it they pulled it from classrooms.

Here in Washington state, they change how they teach math every few years. I think the latest iteration here is called “reform math”.

It’s only a matter of time ’til she’s a “Kulak” and then gets stuffed in a gulag.

Since the money is being “distributed”, it’s clearly not hers. We all know the person doing the distributing never does so with their own money.

Also, as someone who teaches math, I find that particular “lesson” asinine.

The distributive property is an absolutely legitimate and non-controversial mathematical property. That said, whoever made the sheet has an (conscious or unconscious) agenda.

Can’t wait until Obama institutes the Young Pioneers in every Federal-fund-receiving school. The ‘get their minds while they’re young’ routine works, look at how for the last 50 years or so the young have been taught that America is a greedy, imperialist, racist, culture-killing country and how all of the problems that minorities face today are the result of white socioeconomic an cultural oppression. Gotta get me one of those neat red scarves with Obama’s picture on the slider as soon as they come out.

The distributive property states that operations performed on variables within parentheses leads to the identical value as if the parentheses were not there. The operation “distributes” itself through the parentheses.

Hopefully Zach’s parents will set him straight.

with all the crazy assault weapon ban talk, and our rights being trampled on, this just falls into the category of irrelevant and nonsensical. it’s just applying the formula. it’s called math application.

this should be a top story IMO. Part 1 and 2 are awesome and AJ did an excellent job.

The distributive property is used near the bottom of page 27 to differentiate y=7x^2 in this 1914 classic, “CALCULUS MADE EASY: BEING A VERY-SIMPLEST INTRODUCTION TO THOSE BEAUTIFUL METHODS OF RECKONING WHICH ARE GENERALLY CALLED BY THE TERRIFYING NAMES OF THE DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS AND THE INTEGRAL CALCULUS.” by Silvanus P. Thompson, F.R.S.

http://djm.cc/library/Calculus_Made_Easy_Thompson.pdf

A very good book, amusingly written, sometimes inadvertently so, as on page 53: “If the motor-car flies past us going 10 yards per second, a simple bit of mental arithmetic will show us that this is equivalent — while it lasts — to a rate of 600 yards per minute, or over 20 miles per hour.”

Woo hoo! 20 miles per hour was something in 1914!