MerlinWhite privilege bolstered by teaching mathTue Oct 24, 2017 4:50pm24.228.93.156White privilege bolstered by teaching math, university professor says

A math education professor at the University of Illinois says the ability to solve geometry and algebra problems and teaching such subjects perpetuates so-called white privilege.

Rochelle Gutierrez laid out her views on the subject in an article for a newly published anthology for math educators titled, “Building Support for Scholarly Practices in Mathematics Methods.”

“School mathematics curricula emphasizing terms like Pythagorean Theorem and pi perpetuate a perception that mathematics was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans," she says, according to Campus Reform.Such misperceptions, if they exist, should be dispelled in the classroom by teachers, not by omitting mention of Pythagorean Theorem or pi or QED, etc..

She also says that addressing equity in mathematics education will come when teachers can understand and negotiate the politics outside the classroom.

“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,” she writes.

Further, she says mathematics operates with unearned privilege in society, “just like whiteness.”

Gutierrez did not respond to an email from Fox News Tuesday seeking comment.

University of Illinois interim Provost John Wilkin told Fox News that Gutierrez is an established and admired scholar who has been published in many peer-reviewed publications.

“As with all of our faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Prof. Gutierrez has the rights of academic freedom necessary to pursue scholarship and research on important subjects and to reach conclusions even if some might disagree with those conclusions,” he said.

He added, “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.”

In the book Gutierrez points out that mathematics operates as a proxy for intelligence, but asks, “are we really that smart just because we do mathematics?”

“As researchers, are we more deserving of large grants because we focus on mathematics education and not social studies or English?”

Gutierrez says evaluations of math skills can perpetuate discrimination against minorities, especially if they do worse than their white counterparts, Campus Reform reported.

“If one is not viewed as mathematical, there will always be a sense of inferiority that can be summoned” because the average person won't necessarily question the role of mathematics in society, she writes.

According to the website, Gutierrez adds that there are so many people who “have experienced microaggressions from participating in math classrooms… [where people are] judged by whether they can reason abstractly.”

Her solution is a call for teachers to develop political "conocimeinto," or knowledge, to better prepare them in deciding on what learning opportunities work best for their students.

The book, published by Information Age Publishing, is a collaborative effort among more than 40 educators who teach mathematics methods courses for prospective pre-K‐12 teachers.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/24/white-privilege-bolstered-by-teaching-math-university-professor-says.htmlProfessor Rochelle Gutierrez needs to get a grip. Education in mathematics is available, from pre-K to post-Doc, to everyone in the US of A regardless of race, color, or creed.

Speaking of "White Privilege" bunk have you seen that video? — SES, Wed Oct 25 12:16pmThere's a video going around where a guy has 30 or 40 college-age kids lined up at the edge of a field. There's going to be a footrace, and the winner gets $100. But first he asks a series of... more

There Are BOTH... — Amadeus, Wed Oct 25 4:32pmThe video was demonstrating advantage, not just white privilege. But white privilege has been demonstrated quite effectively in experiments that show for example that white people are more likely to... more

There is a handicap, and there are the handicapped — Pikes, Wed Oct 25 5:40pmI was thinking today about the inequality of a circle. No part of a circle can be divided equally. One side, one half circumference, one half radius, one degree always must have one infinitesimally... more

Well uh.... — wondering, Thu Oct 26 1:13amIf you struck gold today, and joined the ranks of the privileged... Congratulations!!! Even if it did involve more luck than effort. :) Just remember the golden rule. He who has the gold makes the... more

I know where tons of gold exist — Pikes, Thu Oct 26 1:47amNGC4993 I had a star named for my beloved. Don't recall the coordinates- that's on the certificate. You can do that. Makes a dandy Christmas present to somebody you love. But perhaps we can stake a... more So, "college kids', already you've removed something key... — HeavyHemi, Wed Oct 25 12:40pmAnd you're too ignorant to realize it. You wasted your college education.

College-AGE kids. — SES, Wed Oct 25 2:48pmRead much?

So, college kids.... — HeavyHemi, Thu Oct 26 2:22amSelection bias...

Nope... not college kids... — Sprout, Thu Oct 26 3:10pmbut reading has never been your strong suit. Selection Bias? — Merlin, Thu Oct 26 9:44amWouldn't make too much sense to ask pre-Kers. Grammar school thru College, result would probably be similar. I didn't choose the people in the video. — SES, Thu Oct 26 9:24amjesus you're so friggin' stupid

Yet they are a select group. — HeavyHemi, Thu Oct 26 12:03pmAnd of course I didn't even imply you selected them. What a dumb thing to post I always thought Jesus was wise. (nm) — Pikes, Thu Oct 26 10:09am This is what happens when schools are managed — Trudy, Wed Oct 25 12:09amas if they're corporations, where experience in education isn't as important as management skills. So, we end up with corporate sponsored diseducation, because the funding is more important than... more I have less white privilege now — Deplorable Pheoma, Tue Oct 24 5:26pmbecause as I am get older I am losing my ability to do advanced math. I guess I am supposed to feel good about it.

I am no longer white! — PH👻👻EY, Thu Oct 26 6:46amI have turned gray.

Einstein told Tedesco — Pikes, Thu Oct 26 10:12amthat someday as the races mix, humans will all have grey skin and slanted little eyes. The late great Leonardo da Vinci was a Florentine, especially known to the Germans who used the word... more Math you must practice to retain — Pikes, Wed Oct 25 1:08pmIt's like an instrument, or the body. If you don't practice, you lose it. People lose flexibility and strength by not exercising and practicing their flexibility and strength. If you lose it, can you ... more I Can't Even Use a Calculator Anymore, And Woke Up One Day — Merlin, Tue Oct 24 6:14pmlooking like George Hamilton.