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Professor: Maths should be a movement against “objects, truths, and knowledge”

A photograph of the Greek letter pi, created as a large stone mosaic embedded in the ground.
pi in mosaic, Berlin/Holger Motzkau

Same ”Mathematx” prof, same bilge, more publicity, but no action:

A U.S. professor who teaches future public school teachers will “argue for a movement against objects, truths, and knowledge” in a keynote to the Mathematics Education and Society conference this coming January, says her talk description.

“The relationship between humans, mathematics, and the planet has been one steeped too long in domination and destruction,” the talk summary says. “What are appropriate responses to reverse such a relationship?” We can already guess University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Rochelle Gutierrez’s answer, from reviewing her published writings and comments. Her plans for “an insurgency by the people” to subvert public institutions and American self-rule through “ethnomathematics” will knock your eyebrows off your face. Joy Pullmann, “Professor Who Worked On Common Core Tests: Math Education Needs To Downplay ‘Objects, Truth, And Knowledge’” at The Federalist

Not here it won’t. Eyebrows here are secure. We’ve heard for decades that consciousness is an evolved illusion and that our brains were shaped for fitness, not for truth:

One suspects that this may be a collection of people who can’t do math, so they teach people how to make sure nobody else learns how to do math either. I’m not just saying that to be mean. The United States has plenty of experience with attempts to social justice up the math classroom, and it always results in more mathematically inept kids.

Joy Pullmann, can we talk? It was only a matter of time before power-hungry activists would see the vast plunder to be gained from subverting the values of science. And what cause more noble than “helping the disadvantaged”?

The kids? Seriously? In response to the kids’ subsequent failures, the SJWs might well call for Days of Rage. And officialdom will cower before SJWs, as always. They reckon they won’t lose their jobs over it.

As we have said here before: You think the SJW war on math, science, and engineering is a joke… That is your mistake.

See also: The war on math and science spreads to engineering. The social justice warrior needs engineers to be assessed largely on the basis of qualities other than knowledge of the discipline, maybe on adherence to concepts like social justice math. And they’re not going to give up because they count on strategies like wearing down the opposition. It’s a clever approach because their persistence creates the impression of wide support.


Progressive war on science takes dead aim at math Four credits in math and/or algebra for learning how to spout feminist propaganda even if you couldn’t figure out how many square tiles are needed for a new shop floor.

Which side will atheists choose in the war on science? They need to re-evaluate their alliance with progressivism, which is doing science no favours.

Folks, the problem is failure to recognise that objective knowledge is possible, duly politicised through cultural marxist approaches. In the case of Math, a great many people have been turned off, intimidated or have failed even at elementary level and of course degree of achievement in Math strongly correlates with economic success. We do have serious problems with Math education but too often resist what is proved elsewhere. That is cause for reform, but in an intellectual subculture increasingly steeped in subjectivism, relativism and cultural marxism, we are asking for trouble on yet another front. KF kairosfocus
Dean_from_Ohio @3 Nothing in your link refers to any type of social justice maths. aarceng
Dean_from_Ohio - do you have any evidence that the collapse was due to a problem with "social justice maths"? It may be convenient to use the collapse of a bridge in Florida to declare war on part of Illinois (they are almost next to each other, aren't they?), but if there's no connection, most people won't be impressed. Bob O'H
When a few bridges designed with social justice maths collapse and kill hundreds people I think it will focus attention marvellously. aarceng

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