Algebra: the concept of distribution

david52_gwJanuary 11, 2013

A multiplication is said to be right distributive if

(x+y)z = xz +yz for every x, y, and z.

Similarlily, z(x+y) = zx + zy, for every z, x, and y.

If a multiplication is both right- and left-distributive, it is simply said to be distributive. For example, the real numbers are distributive.

So we have.....

Fox News host Eric Bolling on Wednesday accused some schools of "pushing the liberal agenda" for teaching an algebra lesson about the distributive property.

During a segment about "indoctrination in schools," Bolling reminded viewers of a 2009 video of children chanting, "Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. Barack Hussein Obama," which outraged conservatives at the time.

"But even worse is the way some textbooks are pushing the liberal agenda," the Fox News host explained, pointing to an algebra worksheet that Scholastic says gives students "[i]nsight into the distributive property as it applies to multiplication."

"Distribute the wealth!" Bolling exclaimed, reading the worksheet. "Distribute the wealth with the lovely rich girl with a big ole bag of money, handing some money out."

Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle explained that the algebra worksheet had put her on "high alert" for the liberal agenda in her 6-year-old son's curriculum. snip

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/10/eric-bolling-schools-pushing-the-liberal-agenda-by-teaching-algebra/

But Neal Boortz had it better:

"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 workbook for your government school student. What school and what schoolbook 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 6x8 = 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.

This doesn't happen by accident. There was a lot of thought put into the wording and the image on this math workbook page - here is a chance to use a math lesson to teach wealth redistribution. This is what happens when you turn the education of your child over to a government education establishment controlled and staffed (with a few exceptions) by Democrats and liberals. - snip "

I wonder how Bible-based Christian Math approaches the subject.

Here is a link that might be useful: link

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kwoods(Cold z7 Long Is)

Hmmm... Fox, Boortz don't seem to have any problems with division.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 11:36AM
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hamiltongardener(CAN 6a)

When I was in grade 1, we used to have all these questions like "If Mary has 10 apples and she gives Johnny 4 apples, how many apples does she have left?"

Then as we got older, "If Jeffrey has 20 candies and he wants to split them evenly between himself and his 3 friends, how many candies will each boy get?"

I guess that's why I'm a Liberal now... all that subliminal socialist indoctrination in elementary school.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 11:51AM
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david52_gw

Then there's the recent joke about the CEO, Democrat, and Tea Partier sitting at the table, with 10 apples. The CEO grabs nine apples, then tells the Tea Partier "Watch out, that Democrat wants your apple"

/har har

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 12:16PM
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patriciae_gw(07)

I think we can safely declare that we are officially post 'dumb as a box of rocks'. We are now in the era of 'dumb as a Fox news host'.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 12:29PM
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blfenton

Math makes way more sense than politics.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 12:43PM
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fouquieria(10b)

Animal Farm + 1984 + The Illustrated Man = -Fox News.

How's that for distribution?

-Ron-

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 12:50PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

I see you put a subtraction symbol in front of "Fox".

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 11:32PM
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bill_vincent(Central Maine)

Fox, Boortz don't seem to have any problems with division.

:-)

    Bookmark   January 11, 2013 at 11:53PM
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heri_cles

Hypocrite Republican Foxers rail against Democratic principles of fairness in our society. They never learned the lesson of five loaves and two fishes from Jesus, or their greed has made them forget about anything but themselves.

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"And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food."

But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."

And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish."

He said, "Bring them here to Me." Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children."
- Matthew 14:14-22

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 12:13AM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

This is incredibly weird to politicize algebra. Wait until they discover the evils of differential calculus and measuring diabolical areas under curves. Just makes me sick to consider such official deviations.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 12:22AM
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elvis

...and heri will apply this lesson to today's society how? Who gets to play Jesus, and who plays the disciples, I wonder. What do the fishes and loaves of bread symbolize today?

If you're gonna talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk. 'Splain this, please.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 12:23AM
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heri_cles

You're kidding, right?

This post was edited by heri_cles on Sat, Jan 12, 13 at 2:29

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 2:16AM
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elvis

Nope.

Posted by heri_cles 10 (My Page) on Sat, Jan 12, 13 at 0:13

"Hypocrite Republican Foxers rail against Democratic principles of fairness in our society."

Nice.

"They never learned the lesson of five loaves and two fishes from Jesus, or their greed has made them forget about anything but themselves."

But oh yes, you did. Your tolerance, humility, why--your kindness is a clear demonstration that you take your Bible seriously. (sarcasm).

Where was I? Oh, yeah: "hypocrisy".

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 6:54PM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

Sarcasm is wasted on some subjects and pronouns. :)

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 7:21PM
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heri_cles

Elvis turned this personal , stating that: But oh yes, you did. Your tolerance, humility, why--your kindness is a clear demonstration that you take your Bible seriously. (sarcasm).

You took a post which was aimed generally at those Republicans who watch Fox and in particular, those who take an ideological stand on redistribution, and twist it into an unwarranted and baseless personal attack.

Why choose to respond at all after admitting that you did not understand what the post was about?

And who do you think you are to be a judge of someones character...their kindness, humility or their religious conviction?

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 7:25PM
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duluthinbloomz4

People just explore every angle, espcially in the comments following the link - how did everyone (Eric Bolling and the camera loving Kimberly Guilfoyle included) miss that it was a WHITE girl with the bags of money. Should foul be called?

Because I spend most days not being annoyed with anything, I sometimes watch The Five on Fox just to make sure I still have command of a full range of emotional responses - that crew of utterly rediculous personalities have discussed this for two days. Scholastic-gate has replaced Benghazi-gate.

As an adult, I always thought the multiplication of the loaves and fishes was symbolic/in anticipation of the celebration of the Eucharist - not Cindy Jacobs feeding the multitudes with a 16 oz. box of pasta (Angel Hair, no doubt).

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 7:41PM
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adoptedbyhounds

"Who gets to play Jesus, and who plays the disciples, I wonder. What do the fishes and loaves of bread symbolize today?"

I was wondering the same thing.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 7:52PM
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marshallz10(z9-10 CA)

Perhaps there should have been better trig and solid geometry taught as solid groundings for reasoned discourse? Nah... a waste of academic resources for some that post here.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 9:14PM
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fancifowl(5Pa)

Jeesh, I almost shut down the puter when I saw this. I mean numbers and alphabet together?? Its too much to ponder.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 11:16PM
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