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University Professor Says Math is “White Privilege”

A math professor, Rochelle Gutierrez, at the Univesity of Illinois has written that the ability to solve equations and algebra, and even teaching math perpetuates the idea and practice of “White Privilege.” This may be one of the most inane and self-defeating statements in the history of education.

She says:

“School mathematics curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean Theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans,”

“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,”

And continues that “mathematics operates with unearned privilege in society, “just like whiteness.””

Firstly, let’s look for an answer to the problem (that doesn’t actually exist): Let’s stop teaching math! And then we can fire the professors who think math is racists. Good idea? Not, really.

Math is the least prejudice of all subjects because there is only one answer to each question, and that answer can be derived through nothing other than process. There is no inherent bias, there is no cultural or racial advantage.

Her point that there is a perception that math was largely invented by whites seems to be more her lack of understanding than anything else. Mathematical formula are there to be discovered. Who was it who invented the “zero”? What “color” are Greeks? Is she really as dumb as she makes out?

And the scariest thing is that she has a “solution”. The answer, according to her, is that teachers should decide what each student should learn, presumably based on their race and socio-economic background…Isn’t that racist?

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