It's been a while since I posted a rant about the sad state of Amairikuhn edgykayshun and the social justice Gramscian Marxist culture warriors running it. And you can cross another university off your list to send your kids to if you're interested in having them actually learn something for all that money you're paying out, because this week I was deluged by this story, and I have to confess it left me both angry - outraged in fact - and frustrated, for this Illinois professor manages to get just about everything wrong:
In case you missed it, here's the part that provokes today's rant:
A University of Illinois math professor believes that algebra and geometry perpetuate “white privilege” because Greek terms give Caucasians unearned credit for the subject.
But that isn’t the professor’s only complaint. She also believes that evaluations for math proficiency perpetuates discrimination against minority students, if they do worse than their white counterparts.
Rochelle Gutierrez argues in a newly published math education book for teachers that they must be aware of the identity politics surrounding the subject of mathematics.
“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness,” she argues with complete sincerity, according to Campus Reform. “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.”
Yes, that's right, the whole field of mathematics has been unduly Hellenized and Caucasianized, and as a result, everyone suffers from mathematical microagressions:
“If one is not viewed as mathematical, there will always be a sense of inferiority that can be summoned,” she says, claiming that minorities “have experienced microaggressions from participating in math classrooms… [where people are] judged by whether they can reason abstractly.”
What pabulum puking cacaphonous codswallop!
In complaining about whiteness in mathematics, Ms. Gutierrez appears to have forgotten the simple fact that algebra - the whole concept of using a formal symbolic calculus to reason mathematically - wasn't a white Euro-caucasian invention at all, it was an Arab one, which suggests that Arabs are now "whites" in Ms. Gutierrez's simulacra and facsimiles of reason and her gloriously tangled taxonomy of mathematical racial-mechanics. She also seems not to have noticed the contributions of Hinduism to the whole evolution of mathematics with its invention of "zero", and somehow the contributions of Indian genius mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan to mathematical analysis also escaped her attention. Apparently, too, she's not keeping up with the Sumerian and Egyptian contributions to the subject either. No, she simply glides right over the whole evolution of her own discipline, in order to make a cheap "cultural" point in a discipline we all thought was safe from the ravages of the self-righteous social justice warrior lunacy. (Oh, and incidentally, Ramanujan basically taught himself... think of him as "home schooled." An autodidact in the truest sense of the word. Good thing, too, for if he had gone to an Amairikuhn quackademy, he probably would have ended up not being able to add or subtract, and complaining about the undue Hellenization of mathematics, and learning that mathematics is about microagressions and social justice.)
Not so. Ms. Gutierrez is there to remind us that when it comes to witless Gramscian posturing and multicultural schizophrenia, the Amairikuhn quackademy is unequaled.
Give it time, folks: eventually these nutcases will call for a complete revamping of mathematical conventions to eliminate them and replace them with "something else" that is more "reflective" of "diversity" and "fairness" and eliminating "microagressions"... and that of course will lead to complete chaos. (One wonders how they're going to handle those pesky Arabic numerals, a prime example of male privilege and the undue Arabization of mathematical conventions; just think who it excludes: Chinese, Japanese, Jews, atheists, blacks, albinos, Tibetans, &c &c... the list of the potentially offended, in mathematics' case, is virtually endless).
Don't think it matters? Well, consider this: when her students start designing fusion reactors or airplanes or start programing your next generation self-driving car, when they start driving into oncoming traffic, or crashing to the ground, or the plasma containment breaks down or the missiles go off like bottle rockets, at least you can rest comfortably in the fact that they've experienced no microagressions, and are "sensitive."
As for me and my house, I shall continue using Hindu zeros, Arabic numerals, and Greek capital sigmas for summations, the letter pi for 3.14159, capital deltas for change, little curly-cue "d's" for partial differentials, and so on. Granted, I suffer tremendous emotional scarring by the microagressions of the undue Hinduization and Arabization of mathematics, and I'm dealing with it in my safe space with my therapist. The lollipops they give me during my electroconvulsive sessions help too, and if I have a lollipop while reading books of mathematics, I find I'm able to deal with the Arabization and Hinduization microagressions I encounter on almost every page without the nervous spasms of rejection that I used to have when encountering them.
See you on the flip side...