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Oct 24 2017

Math Education Professor Denounces Algebra and Geometry for Perpetuating White Privilege

To make more room for social justice indoctrination, certain old-fangled disciplines will have to be phased out. Let’s start with the racist ones — like math:

A math education professor at the University of Illinois argued in a newly published book that algebraic and geometry skills perpetuate “unearned privilege” among whites.

Rochelle Gutierrez … 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 holds it against math that, as in other constructive areas of human endeavor, most of the major achievements have been accomplished by Europeans or people of European descent. It is also perceived as a problem that American math professors tend to be white.

“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.

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

They usually do, unless they are Asian.

“On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness,” she barks.

Since anyone who wants a good grade will agree that nothing could be worse than whiteness, why not dispense with the entire subject?

Effort is anguish. Think of how much suffering will be avoided once it is established that since 2 + 2 = whatever enhances the self-esteem of the historically inadequate, there is no need to study math. It is a pointless subject anyway, because as Gutierrez declares, “Things cannot be known objectively; they must be known subjectively.” That’s why we need to spend more taxpayer money on social studies.

On tips from KirklesWorth, Wife of Jack S, and J.



  • Buffalobob

    Rochelle Gutierrez, ‘Math are hard”.

  • George Young

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3b9caf05275ba9557f3e41ec5ffa01b6fbb6f02d83e455b29946243c89075960.jpg I work for a truss company, I’d love to see a house designed and built by her students.

  • Steve2

    “Math is for whites, obeying the law is for whites, hard work is for whites, wealth is for whites…” say the ones dishing out the accusations of racism.

  • Translation: thinking is white.

  • ComradeJ

    Libs… always assigning some lame excuses to their own failures. To understand this moonbat you need to look at her “education”

    Rochelle Gutiérrez- Education
    Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Chicago, 1995
    M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Chicago, 1995
    B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University, 1990

    So she started studying biology to be a doctor or some researcher. But who makes such a hard turn after 4 year degree? Typically someone who didn’t do well
    enough, so she took a hard pivot into “equality” studies, with the
    bitter taste failure in sciences still in her mouth.

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    “Are we really that smart just because we do mathematics?”

    She doesn’t do mathematics. She is not a mathematician, nor a mathematics Professor. She is in education.

    “Things cannot be known objectively; they must be known subjectively.”

    Not much of a scientist or engineer, either, then. But unless she’s willing to fly in an airplane designed by someone who never even passed high school math, then she’s full of crap anyway.

  • Anonymous
  • Wait, I just realized… a MATH teacher just said “Things cannot be known objectively; they must be known subjectively.”?!?!

    The inmates have truly taken over the asylum.

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    I’d agree, but I doubt she believes her own crap. But if she does, then spot on.

  • ComradeJ

    That’s a funny one.

    Some context though. It says.

    2 [years] +2 [years] = 5 years [of productivity]
    + enthusiasm of the workers

    This is a propaganda poster from Stalin’s 5 year plans.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, one of Bill Ayers’ protégés…

  • ComradeJ

    I wouldn’t be supersized if she is. Just as dumb.., just as much of a self-important ego.

  • Anonymous

    Not to mention the Nazis…

    “If the Führer wants it, two and two makes five!” –Herman Göring

  • Occam’s Stubble

    They usually do, unless they are Asian.

    This is what we used to call “ignoring the 800-Lb gorilla in the room.”

    I wonder when all the Asian will object to being called white.

  • Eddie_Valiant

    Shall we ask the idiot math instructor how would she propose to build or make anything without objective math?

    Nah…she’d just call us racists.

  • Americangirl5

    Then I would imagine Gutierrez does not like all those zeroes in her paycheck. Maybe take some of those objective numbers away so she will feel better.

  • ICEvictim

    what the heck is “math education”? Apparently just another made up course for Ed. majors. I pity the kids those people go on to teach to.

    Is it any wonder our kids are getting dumber by the year? Every year for more than a decade our kids fall further and further down the tree of knowledge.

  • Anonymous

    True, it wasn’t exactly trying to politically-correct Math. Soviets weren’t as dumb as today’s Leftists.

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    I suspect she’d do that, regardless.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Putting your child in public school may be a crime against humanity.

  • richard

    I’m sure she checks her pay stub to make sure the correct amount is put into her account.

  • JackisBack

    hispanic women & black women are, by far, much more open with their racism than any one else. Asians hate Whites as much as blacks & hispanics do but aren’t as vocal or violent.

  • Swordie

    Absurd.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Let’s take that a step further. She’s driving in a car…why not let out the air from her tires, since pressure is clearly a subjective number. Same thing with what goes in her gas tank. Fill it with water and tell her that the fluid in her tank self-identifies as gasoline.

  • It’s reaching the point that academia is resembling some bizarre 1960s SciFi film, in which the nice white guys crash their spaceship onto some alien world where technology and truth are hated by the spear-wielding natives, and they barely escape the boiling pot for the crime of “fact-speaking”.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    The simple truth is that those in biology don’t need a lot of math…and generally only for their chemistry class.

    Those in Curriculum and Instruction can pretty much avoid math, physics, or any hard science.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    The woman seems to be the poster child for “Hispanic Privilege.”

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    Yes, on some issues I’d willing consider that most leftists really believe what they are saying. On this, I don’t buy it. They are so patently full of crap that it’s impossible to take them at all seriously.

  • Mack

    Yes, but do you vote in your local school board elections, or do you just complain?

  • Mack

    But YOU are the public.

  • Anonymous
  • Aesop

    Pity that Professor $#!^-for-brains never took a history class (nor even so much as clicked onto Wikipedia, bastion of internet truthiness):
    Algebra was invented by Arabs and Babylonians, and geometry by the Egyptians and Mesopotamians.
    That would be Not White People.
    What an idiot.
    Affirmative Action from college admission to tenure FTW for Professor Snowflake.
    IQ=0.
    Which number was also not invented by white people.

  • It’s certainly a crime against a human.

  • Anonymous

    Claims that reality is “socially constructed” usually are.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Actually, he’s being suspended for being a white male.

  • THE LIEBERAL MEDIA
  • Mr. Freemarket

    Let me rephrase:
    Putting your child in government school may be a crime against humanity.

    The name of the government is on the paycheck, therefore, teachers teach what the government wants.

  • THE LIEBERAL MEDIA

    .
    u talk out of ur unedumacated ass. The number Zero comes from the HINDUS who were INVADED and SLAUGHTERED by the moslems, ur precious ayrabs.
    .

  • Mr. Freemarket

    That would be a mistake. They certainly are serious, and they also aren’t bothered by the contradictions in their lives. This is why, for example, Al Gore can lecture the great unwashed masses about carbon emissions while leaving his SUV running in the parking lot with the AC on full, and flying around on a private plane.

    I’m sure this wise educator would be offended if a clerk offered her an outfit at the store with random length sleeves while being told that math is subjective.

  • THE LIEBERAL MEDIA

    .
    We need to kick out all these mealy mouths..
    .

  • CRC60

    I look forward to a flight in the first mathless airliner.

  • THE LIEBERAL MEDIA

    .
    Put Barry and the Beast on Flight 1
    .

  • richard

    In twenty five words or less, what is two plus two. Extra points for spelling and sentence structure.

  • gary

    or ride over a mathless bridge

  • Anonymous
  • Hungjumper

    How will the ‘hood rats know how much $$$ is on their EBT card?

  • ICEvictim

    I vote in any election I’m home for. Have done for decades. What I am referring to is now endemic across the country. Pretty much all Ed. majors are one variety of lefty or another. They also rush to be seen among the SJW’s latest and looniest crusade in order to run up their Pious Points.

    School boards do not do the hiring and firing directly. The office staff (HR in effect) gathers resume’s and when a position comes open they send the candidates over to the school for interview. The school notifies of their choice and then the office rubber stamps it. Some boards are required to sign off on hires, but it is a rare district where the board does the interviews.

    My Mom worked for the local school district for a couple decades.

  • ICEvictim

    it certainly seems so.

  • im4truth4all

    Her remarks remind me of a couple of Einstein quotes:

    “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.”

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.”

    I guess Einstein quotes don’t apply to her remarks since he was a white guy.

  • im4truth4all

    Our numbering system came to us via the phonecians. You can view it at:

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=phoenician+number+system&id=756457C8FD25FD6FA1959883F3D024958AFC87B8&FORM=IQFRBA

    The Phonecians were a semitic people. Jesus Christ was a semite. That bit of information should really upset Ms. Gutierrez apple cart.

  • Chuck Aston

    “Over-privileged white guys don’t know SHIT!”
    ~ Professor Guttierez

  • Chuck Aston

    Could anything demonstrate the sorry state of higher “education” better than professor Guiterrez?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ed7e4f615a3f1ea3bab5034eada85738325bf0ecd53f06ea18cdeb87db605ba9.jpg

  • Torcer

    “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” -Albert Einstein

  • ICEvictim

    and at least one paragraph on white privilege

  • ICEvictim

    LOL

  • Brian

    Her CV cites this tome in preparation: “The mirror test: Why mathematics teachers need political knowledge to reclaim the profession.” ??!! Thanks Moonbattery, just when I thought I was as pessimistic as I would ever get, you have given me a real education.

  • oldguy

    When enough morons obtain college degrees, the country will collapse.

  • MAS

    This passes for education these days. STEM or your kid pays their own way is the answer.

  • apeiron

    Because Ed majors are mostly involved with Marxist indoctrination. Home school…starve the beast

  • apeiron

    Maffs beez hard. Ax me a querstyun about da movement.

  • irandom419

    Can’t let anyone accidentally get an education that would be useful in the real world.

  • Geeknerd

    That’s okay, we’ll just import our scientists and engineers from India and China

  • Jack Bauer

    Mack,
    The same old tired sh!t you say every time someone complains about the sorry assed state of education in this country. So I’ll ask the question again:

    WTF good is it voting for one candidate or another for your local school board, when they have nothing to say about the hiring practices, the union influences over public education, nor curriculum (which is usually dictated at the state level)? Do you honestly think someone is going to run for your local school committee campaigning on a promise to work tirelessly to weed out teachers who are Marxists, self imagined social justice warriors, or just plain bat sh!t crazy, like the example Dave cited in this article?

    Public education is a perfect example of socialism, and as such, it is no surprise that it is also an abysmal failure.

    Give every parent a voucher to be used towards their child’s education. It will encourage entrepreneurship towards the starting of more privately run choices for education. For kids that live in good school districts, they can still use the voucher for their local public school, but if their school system sucks, they are not stuck in a hopeless situation.

    We spend on average somewhere between $12 to 15k per year per student. The private sector could likely do it for much less, and get a much better result for the dollars invested. (As an example, Charter schools are doing that now, and Catholic schools have been doing it for decades). States could set the academic standards for each grade, and all schools would have to be licensed and subject to periodic reviews, similar to what they currently do with charter schools. Some decades ago, when I was a much younger man, we used to turn people out of our high schools that knew more about math, history, and science, than the average college grad with a B.S knows today. So it CAN be done.

    Minimize the role of government in education, and our kids will be far better off, as they learn information that is truly useful, as opposed to brain-dead political correctness, or how to recognize “micro-agressions”, or whether or not our country is illegitimate because it was set up and conceived by people who happened to be mostly white.

  • Kevcar

    Just how do you get a Masters and a PhD in the same year? Answer – subjective math!!! I also wouldn’t be surprised if it’s an Ed instead of a PhD.

  • MAS

    When Habib tells him it’s zeroed and he can’t get that 40. Then he’ll go curb stomp some other ghetto parasite and take his card…

  • StephaneDumas

    I can’t wait to see what kind of excuse she’ll invent since they don’t have white priviledge.

  • Anonymous

    Its for aspiring teachers who weren’t sharp enough to take actual Math courses in order to get to be teachers… truth be told.

  • I’m white and SUCK at math. Algebra was a monumental struggle for me……did I not get the privilege memo?

  • Eddie_Valiant

    Methinks we are closing in on that possibility daily.

  • Eddie_Valiant

    Well, those activities keep you alive, right? That’s the racism – having caucasians alive and breathing. Notice it’s often other brain-dead caucasians that promote this idea.

  • Eddie_Valiant
  • Eddie_Valiant

    I’m headed out today to practice my math

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41X3hAotAWL.jpg

  • ICEvictim

    University Ed. majors have been a waste of money since the beginning. It’s in that foul nest that whole word language learning was created setting our kids back behind third world countries in reading scores.

    Now they want Math majors to teach PC Math, where you learn about white privilege instead of geometry.

  • KHarn

    I ALMOST didn’t get it!

  • GhostRider2001

    I guess the wheel is all based on white privilege too. We should give up driving cars and go back to walking everywhere to make everyone feel better about themselves.

  • George Lortz

    Pi R round, Cornbread R square.

  • Jack Bauer

    Ha….thanks Eddie.
    I admit to going somewhat over the top on this subject at times, because it is a subject I am very passionate about.

    If you want to see firsthand, the decline of education in this country, just pick up some 8th grade textbooks from 100 years ago, and watch your average liberal arts college student of today, struggle to read and understand them.

    John Quincy Adams was once admonished by his father in a letter, for a letter he sent, complaining to his dad that boarding school was too hard. His father was unsympathetic. JQ amongst other subjects, was studying Algebra, Latin, and Dynamics (Physics). Oh….and BTW, he was about 11 years old at the time. Pretty damn sure they weren’t teaching him how to put a condom on a cucumber though!

  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    Good point.

  • Math, Physics, Biology, Botany, and Chemistry are some of the course that teach about objective reality. They are not conditional on how one ‘feels’ about them. They don’t do politics like those courses that deal with a subjective reality like Sociology, Ethnics Studies, Gender Studies, PoliSci, History, or Psychology.

    What I found in Math is that it conditions the mind to process information logically. Little wonder those who use their amygdala to ‘think’ abhor anything that requires use of the prefrontal cortex.

  • Eddie_Valiant

    Jack, you’re preaching to the converted when it comes to public education in this country.

    You nail it when you mention the “cucumber.” When exactly did voters give school committees the power to teach crap like that? Or teach sodomy? We have a couple of generations now that have no idea what the Constitution says or even what its origins are. The commies said that’s how they’d undermine the US, and by God, that’s just what they’ve done.

    I’m sure you’ve been following the tribulations of Betsy de Vos, the Trump admin’s Secretary of Education. I figure the more the left screams at her, the more I like her! Just take a look at what Snopes published about her. Sounds like a damn righteous resume to me!
    https://www.snopes.com/betsy-devos-education-secretary/

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  • Chuck Aston

    Only if you is WHITE! If you ain’t, cornbread ain’t shit!

  • WordsFailMe

    In a what, I agree.Homo sapiens have no right to expect complex thinking on aboriginals. It’s like yelling at a puppy for pee-ing in the house. You’re wasting your breath and alienating a poor, innocent creature.

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  • ComradeJ

    I have no idea. That one puzzled me greatly as well.

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