Commentary: Mathematics and “White Privilege,” Another Liberal Excuse for Failing Black Education

by on 26/10/17 at 12:29 pm

Leroy  Jones says he knows his math....."9mm + 9mm equals youse a dead M-F!" Way-to-go Leroy.....How about that 9mm gets you twenty-five to life! Those numbers add up, bubba?

Leroy Jones says he knows his math…..”9mm + 9mm equals youse a dead M-F!”
Way-to-go Leroy…..How about that 9mm gets you twenty-five to life! Those numbers add up, bubba?

My gosh!  White Privilege is really scary!

My gosh!
White Privilege is really scary!

Satire World writers couldn’t make this stuff up about dumbing down the US education system by blaming Mathematics and “White Privilege” for failing Black education. Eventually the USA would become a third world nation by eliminating mathematics from classroom curriculums!

The Chinese and Japanese are very astute at mathematics. Anyone hear of Asian Privilege?

 

White privilege bolstered by teaching math, university professor says

By Robert Gearty, Fox News, Published 10/24/17

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.”

Gutierrez did not respond to an email from Fox News Tuesday seeking comment.

University of Illinois interim Provost John Wilkin told Fox News that Gutierrez is an established and admired scholar who has been published in many peer-reviewed publications.

“As with all of our faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Prof. Gutierrez has the rights of academic freedom necessary to pursue scholarship and research on important subjects and to reach conclusions even if some might disagree with those conclusions,” he said.

He added, “The issues around equity and access in education are real – with significant implications to our entire educational system. Exploring challenging pedagogical questions is exactly what faculty in a world-class college of education should be doing.”

In the book Gutierrez points out that mathematics operates as a proxy for intelligence, but asks, “are we really that smart just because we do mathematics?”

“As researchers, are we more deserving of large grants because we focus on mathematics education and not social studies or English?

Gutierrez says evaluations of math skills can perpetuate discrimination against minorities, especially if they do worse than their white counterparts, Campus Reform reported.

“If one is not viewed as mathematical, there will always be a sense of inferiority that can be summoned” because the average person won’t necessarily question the role of mathematics in society, she writes.

According to the website, Gutierrez adds that there are so many people who “have experienced microaggressions from participating in math classrooms… [where people are] judged by whether they can reason abstractly.”

Her solution is a call for teachers to develop political “conocimeinto,” or knowledge, to better prepare them in deciding on what learning opportunities work best for their students.

The book, published by Information Age Publishing, is a collaborative effort among more than 40 educators who teach mathematics methods courses for prospective pre-K‐12 teachers.

Fox News’ Caleb Parke contributed to this report.



2 Responses to “Commentary: Mathematics and “White Privilege,” Another Liberal Excuse for Failing Black Education”

  1. Philbert of Macadamia

    Oct 26th, 2017

    New definition of F=Ma for a college professor!

    Feckless=(Microagression) X (asshole)

  2. Cpt america

    Nov 3rd, 2017

    It doesn”t add up!

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