Sunday, October 29, 2017

Is Math Racist?

I hated math and would have loved an excuse not to learn it. But this is ridiculous. Some of the greatest mathematicians were Arabs, for heaven's sake. From the Daily Caller:
A University of Illinois math professor believes that algebra and geometry perpetuate “white privilege” because Greek terms give Caucasians unearned credit for the subject. But that isn’t the professor’s only complaint. She also believes that evaluations for math proficiency perpetuates discrimination against minority students, if they do worse than their white counterparts. Rochelle Gutierrez argues in a newly published math education book for teachers that they must be aware of the identity politics surrounding the subject of mathematics.

“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness,” she argues with complete sincerity, according to Campus Reform. “Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White.” (Read more.)


julygirl said...

Well, I think housekeeping is racist so we should do away with it!

Just Helen said...

I agree!