In a newly published book for math teachers, Prof. Gutierrez argues that mathematics promotes “white privilege” and brings politics into the classroom through its inherent racism.
“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,” Gutierrez argued.
Gutierrez also worries that algebra and geometry perpetuate privilege, fretting that “curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans.”
Math also helps actively perpetuate white privilege too, since the way our economy places a premium on math skills gives math a form of “unearned privilege” for math professors, who are disproportionately white.
Newsflash: Algebra WAS heavily shaped by the Greeks. And much of modern mathematics was advanced in Europe. Gasp! History is history. It doesn’t affect any student’s ability to learn math today.
If math discriminates and promotes Whiteness, then why are Asian students the ones dominating math and science programs in America? It’s not their race. It’s because they show up to class, do the homework, and study for tests. What a novel concept! One that all teachers here used to promote. Isaac Newton’s discovering Calculus isn’t stopping kids in Beijing from excelling. Why should it stop kids in Harlem, Chicago, or anywhere else?
Rather than help students improve and prepare their skill sets for life, Gutierrez lays out politically correct excuses to preemptively prepare for their presumed failure. What a low opinion she has of minority students! Kids are capable of rising to meet our expectations when we encourage them, whether they’re minorities or not.
Her silliness continued:
To fight this, Gutierrez encourages aspiring math teachers to develop a sense of “political conocimiento,” a Spanish phrase for “political knowledge for teaching.”
Gutierrez stresses that all knowledge is “relational,” asserting that “Things cannot be known objectively; they must be known subjectively.”
So, do the laws of gravity cease to exist outside of white privilege? Does 1 + 1 = 3 in left-wing safe spaces?
This woman reminds me of the old adage: Those, who can, do. Those, who can’t, teach.
She clearly cannot DO mathematics, so she teaches it. But that’s not even completely true, because she doesn’t even teach mathematics. She teaches how to teach math and can’t even do that right.
She sounds like a walking, talking meme:
“Math is hard!” –
Barbie Rochelle Gutierrez
(Disclaimer: I want to say here that good teachers are wonderful and critical to this country. My snarky attitude and frustration with Leftist crazies like Gutierrez should not be considered directed at decent, hardworking teachers in any way. I am irritated that garbage like this is dumbing down America’s future and preventing real teachers from properly raising up the next generation.)
The simple reality is – Mathematics is the human expression of the Natural Laws that govern the Universe, which God established at the beginning of time. Despite Gutierrez’s bizarre belief that it’s subjective, mathematics is objective and immutable as long as this world exists. Ben Shapiro likes to say that facts don’t care about your feelings. Well, math doesn’t care about anything. It simply is.
Much like a concrete foundation, math undergirds our lives, economy, and world. You cannot even go to the grocery store or pay your credit card bill without encountering it. If liberals like Gutierrez cannot understand basic math, no wonder they embrace Socialism and Communism so readily.
“The issues around equity and access in education are real – with significant implications to our entire educational system. Exploring challenging pedagogical questions is exactly what faculty in a world-class college of education should be doing.”
Ah-ha! Now I understand why the University of Illinois is always struggling with its budget and having to constantly raise the tuition. They’re burning money, paying left-wing activists like Gutierrez to pretend to be professors.
And if “equity and access in education” is such a dire issue for minorities, then why does the University of Illinois go out of its way to recruit students from China, who pay the full tuition rather than minority students from Chicago, who pay the lower in-state tuition? What hypocrisy!
“As researchers, are we more deserving of large grants because we focus on mathematics education and not social studies or English?”
You’re right, Prof. Gutierrez. We should eliminate those bloated, wasteful grants. Let’s start with yours.
(Full disclosure: My degree was in Mathematics. Actual Mathematics, unlike Rochelle Gutierrez.)