Maybe Joe Biden is simply a proponent of the new new math, which posits that 2 plus 2 can equal 5. The approach has been adopted and is in use in certain states across the country. Oregon is a pioneer in this area:
An Oregon Department of Education newsletter from February promoted an online course designed to “dismantle” instances of “white supremacy culture in the mathematics classroom.” One example of “white supremacy” highlighted by the course was “the concept of mathematics being purely objective,” an idea which the resource stated is “is unequivocally false.”
The program, known as “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction,” describes itself as “an integrated approach to mathematics that centers Black, Latinx, and Multilingual students” that provides “opportunities for ongoing self-reflection as they seek to develop an anti-racist math practice.”
Whether or not this dedication to thinking outside the box explains Biden’s addition, in the video that follows he adds three values — 56, 38, and 8 — and arrives at a sum of 100. Those of us mired to the old racist methods are likely to come up with a different answer.
(h/t Weasel Zippers)