Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ability to Solve Algebra and Geometry Perpetuates White Privilege: Professor

White privilege bolstered by teaching math, university professor says

Professor Rochelle Gutierrez says the ability to solve algebra and geometry perpetuates white privilege.(University of Illinois)

A math education professor at the University of Illinois says the ability to solve geometry and algebra problems and teaching such subjects perpetuates so-called white privilege.

Rochelle Gutierrez laid out her views on the subject in an article for a newly published anthology for math educators titled, “Building Support for Scholarly Practices in Mathematics Methods.”

“School mathematics curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean Theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans," she says, according to Campus Reform.

She also says that addressing equity in mathematics education will come when teachers can understand and negotiate the politics outside the classroom.

“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as whiteness. 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,” she writes.

Further, she says mathematics operates with unearned privilege in society, “just like whiteness.
It's so hard to characterize such crap-thought as the stupidest ever, when tomorrow will produce even more ludicrous stupidity which will take the title away from today's ludicrous stupidity.

Beware of university "education"; students subjected to crap-thought might not survive it to become rational adults. Obviously Gutierrez didn't.

Further, observing such obviously false and irrational attacks from minorities serves only to make one wonder if rational western thought is indeed superior - and if rational western thought is also identity-designated "white", then it follows that the minority concept of "Whiteness" does, in fact, provide a superior view of actual reality, while the minority alternative (ignorance as a cultural value) cannot possibly provide any useful guidance for the minority.

The position of Gutierrez (no math or math history and therefore positing the superiority of cultural ignorance), is maximally irrational and is likely done in a fit of pique and certainly not in any intellectual context. That being the case, the reflection on the university is that of a converged SJW encampment rather than an open platform for intellectual progress.

1 comment:

Steven Satak said...

I think the best days of the University of Illinois are behind it.