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Meritocracy in math as a tool of “whiteness”


From Toni Airaksinen at Campus Reform:

A math education professor at Brooklyn College contends in a recent academic article that “meritocracy” in math classes is a “tool of whiteness.”

To mediate this, Rubel recommends that math teachers incorporate more social justice issues into math lessons, but warns that even “teaching for social justice” can be a “tool of whiteness” if teachers are not sufficiently attuned to the experiences of minority students.

This is because even social justice-minded professors may inadvertently hold the “belief that effort is always rewarded, [which corresponds] to various tools of whiteness, like the myths of meritocracy and colorblindness,” Rubel writes. More.

It certainly sounds like a roundabout way of saying that getting the right answer is not as important to a math student as parroting the Correct opinion. The students who don’t have anyone at home who can tutor them in math or pay someone else to do so are just out of luck, it seems. The worst part is, they will be made to believe that they know the math if they agree with the teacher’s opinions. But once they hit the workplace, they will discover that what they needed to know was the math.

This problem isn’t a core focus of our site so just this for now: There are enough of these intellectual termites out there that they cannot be treated as lone cranks. Second, the surprising silence of Big Science is likely due to the fact that the termites’ emergence is an unavoidable outcome of post-modern naturalism.

Big Science, committed to naturalism, is willing to go down quietly with the post-modern ship.

See also: The rigor mortis of science: The war on measurement itself has commenced

Algebra is not racist!

Nature: Stuck with a battle it dare not fight, even for the soul of science. Excuse me guys but, as in so many looming strategic disasters, the guns are facing the wrong way.


Can science survive long in a post-modern world? It’s not clear.

Another benefit for mankind produced by Judaeo-Christianity has been socialism, the obvious antonym for which would seem to be anti-socialism, hence, diametrically opposed to Christian belief. Unfortunately, while socialist ideals were emphatically side-lined by the Church historically, seemingly after the time of the Evangelists' day, despite the best efforts of such as Ambrose. It had fallen among thieves, but in modern times, it was enthusiastically taken up by our atheist friends and substantively filleted of its essential merit, by being saddled with the so-called 'progressive' goals of sexual deviants ; all under the most ludicrous banners of tolerance, diversity (which could not be more ambiguous in the context of homosexuality), etc. Axel
Tom Robbins at 4, there is an upstairs explanation and a downstairs one. Upstairs, postmodern naturalism cannot maintain any standards, not even in science and math. Hence the silence of Big Science in the face of all this. The downstairs explanation is that, in the ensuing debacle, intellectual termites who are not remotely qualified to be anywhere near education can found themselves a colony based only on fomenting grievances. They can't teach ethnic minority students math because they can't teach any students math but the disadvantaged students are easier to zero in on. News
In quite a fundamental sense it is the very antithesis of science, which is extremely parsimoniousin its purview, indeed, limited to the measurable physical aspect of matter. Of course, it got a bit more tricky when QM sanctioned paradoxes/mysteries as more or less normal to the microscopic dimension, but it was never liable to take a social-science dimension on board its paradigm. Science began to 'take off', when aspects of any kind other than empirically provable data, were debarred from consideration. A bitter irony is that, like most other fields, that of social science, has sought a free ride on the coat-tails of empirical science. The charisma of science, sadly, was irresistible to the very people who would one day seek to incorporate it into what they are pleased to call, 'the social sciences'. But here's the thing: It is just one more of the endless stream of benefactions afforded to mankind by Christianity down the ages. ALL OF THEM HAVE BEEN/ARE BEING TAKEN HOSTAGE, TAKEN OVER BY THE GROTESQUELY-HEGEMONIC ATHEISTS, ALL WITH THE DIREST RESULTS - WHETHER HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, CHARITIES - I'm sure there are many others. If in this case, the proteges of political correctness are African Americans, it is obviously patronizing, to the extent of being subtly racist. Were it not for the fact that Africa has been in thrall, since the year dot, to Western imperialism, there is surely no reason to believe that she would not be competing on at least equal terms with the likes of China, India and the West in producing scientists of the highest calibre, in proportion to its population. Axel
The lunatics are running the asylum, first the head of the Purdue Engineering school who has issues with phallic symbols like the slide rule, and indeed with measurements done by men in general (I understand only on the level that most men think 6 is 8")- SNARK. And now this. What in the hell are math and engineering profs doing spending there time writing about social justice in math and engineering - are they made because the west invented high level math and perfected engineering to a point unprecedented in any country anywhere? Are they mad because there students show no interest in white man made math? I think not - I they may want to teach psychology or some other soft science so our bridges don't collapse and our probes to other worlds are not of by 100 million miles, but hey "you gave it a good try" Plain and simple insanity and symptoms of an overfed and underread society for sure. Tom Robbins
they are doing a lot of damage, depriving the neediest students of the skills essential to break out of chronic poverty, setting them up for failure and resentment. Becoming a practical nurse (RPN) is a road out of poverty but the RPN must understand basic math and science concepts, no fooling. Very good point, News, but that raises the question as to why Brooklyn College gets tax money or even exists. Teaching falsehood is worse than teaching nothing. tribune7
Sadly, tribune7 at 1, they are doing a lot of damage, depriving the neediest students of the skills essential to break out of chronic poverty, setting them up for failure and resentment. Becoming a practical nurse (RPN) is a road out of poverty but the RPN must understand basic math and science concepts, no fooling. News
I remember reading a sci-fi short story as a kid about a research lab where the scientists put a big store on titles and credentials referring to each other as "doctor" and "professor" and got into the dumbest arguments and discussions all the while ignoring or demeaning the janitorial staff. Anyway, the climax comes when it was revealed that research lab was part of a system to keep the stupid part of society placated with titles and respect and that the janitors were really the smart ones keeping things from falling apart. HQ informs the janitors that the system is no longer needed and they could all go home. One of janitors asks what is going to happen to the "professors" and the others just shrug, or something like that. Brooklyn College sounds like it could come from that sci-fi story. tribune7

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