More Anti-Math Activism

Back in May, I wrote a post about a math professor in Hawaii who was demanding that no more white men be hired as math professors.

I delved into her background and found that she seems to know nothing about math, wrote a dissertation that could be described as a “steaming pile of nonsensical, Social Justice bullshit,” and didn’t actually teach math to her students.

I thought that her being allowed to teach was an assault on civilization.  Math is the universal language.  It “adds up” regardless of race, religion, ideology, etc.  Destroying math education will not make society any better in any way.

Yesterday I came across another article about a different math professor going even further off the anti-math deep end.  The cancer is spreading.

Rochelle Gutiérrez published in Building Support for Scholarly Practices in Mathematics Methods that Algebra and Geometry perpetuate “whiteness” and “white privilege.”

“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.”

According to Campus Reform:

Further, she also worries that evaluations of math skills can perpetuate discrimination against minorities, especially if they do worse than their white counterparts.

“If one is not viewed as mathematical, there will always be a sense of inferiority that can be summoned,” she says, adding that there are so many minorities who “have experienced microaggressions from participating in math classrooms… [where people are] judged by whether they can reason abstractly.”

To fight this, Gutierrez encourages aspiring math teachers to develop a sense of “political conocimiento,” a Spanish phrase for “political knowledge for teaching.”

Gutierrez stresses that all knowledge is “relational,” asserting that “Things cannot be known objectively; they must be known subjectively.”

What I gather here is that we shouldn’t be teaching students Algebra or Geometry – really conceptual math in general – because white people are bad and being good at math is white.

What I don’t understand is the end game of all this.

Option 1: we don’t teach minority students math.

Result 1: minority kids lack the skills to get good jobs in medicine, STEM, accounting, business, etc.  They fall further behind economically.

Option 2: we don’t teach any students math.

Result 3: Middle/Upper class white parents (except for the extreme SJW ideologues) who care about our children pay for tutors to do what teachers wont – hooray capitalism.  Minority kids suffer the same fate as Result 1.

Option 3: we successfully destroy math education in America and nobody gets a good math education because there are no more math teachers.

Result 3: Society regresses into the stone age.  I use my knowledge of chemistry to build an post apocalyptic empire based on turning my enemies’ fat and wood ash into soap.

None of this actually makes anybody’s life better, especially minorities.  We will end up with fewer minorities in good paying, professional jobs.  Saying “math perpetuates whiteness” is like saying “reading perpetuates whiteness” and that it’s okay for black students to be illiterate.

We’ve all dealt with the Burger King employee who can’t read and screws up even the most basic order.  They are not going to get out of poverty anytime soon.

This is the future Social Justice wants.

It’s not math alone that they want to destroy.

A feminist professor at the University of California Davis want to teach “anti-science, antiracist, feminist approach to knowledge production.”

Thanks Dr. Harpy McSugartits.  I can’t think how tearing down the more than 3,000 year old foundation of modern science helps women.

Modern feminism – eliminating the development of new breast cancer treatments since 2017.

At least they can be ideologically pure while dying of disease by 40.

8 Replies to “More Anti-Math Activism”

  1. A while ago I posted somewhere a sarcastic and (I thought) humorous statement to the effect that soon the SJWs would declare the value of Pi to be an arbitrary number thought up ancient white slave owners and therefore any value that the user “felt” good about would suffice. Apparently I was prescient rather than sarcastic. If Ms. Gutierrez gets on a plane I hope the engineers who designed it, and the folks who built it don’t share her “political conocimiento” that “Things cannot be known objectively; they must be known subjectively.”

  2. This is what happens when you teach victimization and grievances, instead of history and logic.

    Anyone with an elementary level of knowledge about the history of math should know of the massive contributions to the field made by (what we now call) India, China, and the Arabic world. For god’s sake, we call them “Arabic Numerals” and make every middle schooler studies “Al-Jabr.” And good luck finding ANY technology in the Western world that doesn’t use the “0” we got from India.

    An actual university professor should be aware that Pythagoras of Samos was actually from Asia himself. I personally don’t care for the “identity politics” folderol, but if we’re going to define people by accidents of geography, then let’s play the game. Pythagoras was born in Asia; Pythagoras lived in Asia; Pythagoras taught in Asia; and, Pythagoras died in Asia. The dude was a fucking Asian!

    (The “of Samos” sobriquet should be a hint.)

  3. I wonder what she feels (She obviously doesn’t think, she emotes) about Physics and Chemistry? Is don’t mix bleach and acid raaaacist?

    If there only was some way to start the narrative that “Gravity is Racist”?

  4. Any time I see someone claim that facts are just a matter of opinion I suggest: “climb that tall building over there, and step off the roof. Let’s see if gravity is just a matter of opinion.”
    Too bad it’s hard to get these people actually to follow through on their pretended beliefs.

  5. You need to get better at recycling. We render their flesh for the fat then burn the rest to ash and use that for the soap. Save the wood for some nice furniture.

  6. If Math is so unfair to minorities how come East Asians (China, Japan, etc.) are so capable of excelling at it ?????

    What was that George Orwell quote about some ideas being so absurd that only an intellectual would believe them???

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