The question below
What is the required mathematical background of a US elementary school math teacher?
was migrated from academia.stackexchange and the answers and comments included have a general tone of attacking a large segment of educators in a way that strikes me as unproductive gatekeeping.
For example, from perusing the thread, you can hear that elementary educators in the US know "a negative amount of math" or that the amount of math they know is "terrifying" or "ridiculously sad." In addition, the only people who teach elementary education are "the weakest college students" and current elementary educators who are in a college algebra class are likely to be "in tears" due to the difficulty.
I know the fact that elementary educators are in general not math experts, but they still teach math to our students, and the tone of everything above (especially the gatekeeping aspect that implies these are not "real" members of our community) worries me a lot.
- Am I off-base that this content is toxic and does not fit in with the tone of our site?
- If you agree with me that this content is distasteful, can we do anything to improve the tone? How?