Thursday, May 10, 2018

Math Isn't PC, It's White Privilege?

Sometimes words fail me. I can't begin to describe my mixed emotions when I read articles that tell me things like:
  • algebraic and geometry skills perpetuate “unearned privilege” among whites
  • math also helps actively perpetuate white privilege too, since the way our economy places a premium on math skills gives math a form of “unearned privilege” for math professors, who are disproportionately white
Then there's
  • "all knowledge is “relational,” because “Things cannot be known objectively; they must be known subjectively"

These quotes are from an article about Rochelle Gutierrez, a professor at the University of Illinois, who argues that teachers must be aware of the “politics that mathematics brings” in society.


BTW, her bio shows her degrees as follows:

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Chicago, 1995
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Chicago, 1995
B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University, 1990

"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

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