A math professor at a very prestigious university is somehow trying to argue that things like Algebra and Geometry skills perpetuate ‘unearned privilege’ among white students.
Rochelle Gutierrez, a professor at the University of Illinois, made the claim in a new anthology for math teachers, arguing that teachers must be aware of the “politics that mathematics brings” in society.
Gutierrez shamelessly brought up these points in a recently published book, here is one of her most head scratching quotes…:
“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.”
So according to Gutierrez, just because white people in the same University or high school, in the same class, generally have better test scores means that we should just abolish these subjects like math and science all together because of “white privilege?” I guess that is what she is saying, and why not? The left is already taking down everything else labeling it as such.
“Are we really that smart just because we do mathematics?” she asks, further wondering why math professors get more research grants than “social studies or English” professors.
Gutierrez says that evaluations of math skills and scores can further discrimination against minorities because they do worse in these areas 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 combat this, Gutierrez is urging all math teachers to teach with a “political knowledge for teaching.” She says that all knowledge is “relational,” asserting that “Things cannot be known objectively; they must be known subjectively.”