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Prof Wants Math To Oppose ‘Truths And Knowledge’



Dr. Rochelle Gutierrez from the University of Illinois apparently “focuses on equity issues in mathematics” and is giving a presentation titled “Mathematx: Towards a way of Being,” reported The Daily Caller News Foundation. She starts out claiming that “the relationship between humans, mathematics, and the planet has been one steeped too long in domination and destruction.” OK, I guess we’re just supposed to take that for granted and ignore all of the innovation math has made possible. But then she goes on to say:

“I argue for a movement against objects, truths, and knowledge towards a way of being in the world that is guided by first principles–mathematx.”

Listen, Rochelle, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. When you’re a left-wing activist masquerading as a public intellectual, yes, you are typically trying to destroy truth…but you usually don’t FLAT-OUT SAY THAT. She continues:

“This shift from thinking of mathematics as a noun to mathematx as a verb holds potential for honouring our connections with each other as human and other-than-human persons.”

What the heck is an “other-than-human person”?

So the professor apparently used six years of funding from the National Science Foundation, that would be taxpayer money, to help math teachers “develop their political knowledge.” And just look at the footnotes on this first page of this article she published: she uses a capital-B “black,” uses the “@” sign when referring to Latinos to “decenter the idea of a gender binary,” says “historically looted” instead of “low income,” and “emergent bilingual” instead of “English learner” because she’s apparently really hell-bent on “decenter[ing]” English in the United States.

Needless to say, the future job opportunities of the students whose teachers she’s indoctrinating don’t seem as important to Rochelle as putting math, one of the most pro-reason disciplines out there, into the stranglehold of social justice.

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